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Personnes déplacées et guerre froide en Allemagne occupée


Edited By Corine Defrance, Juliette Denis and Julia Maspero

Au sortir de la Seconde Guerre mondiale, des millions d’étrangers se trouvent sur le sol allemand : anciens travailleurs forcés, rescapés des camps nazis ou déracinés aux profils multiples. La plupart d’entre eux sont rapatriés après la capitulation allemande, mais presque un million de personnes déplacées (Displaced Persons – DPs), effrayés par l’antisémitisme à l’Est de l’Europe, ou redoutant la montée des régimes communistes, refusent de rentrer dans leur patrie. C’est donc dans les trois zones occidentales de l’Allemagne occupée, exsangue et traversée par des flux incessants, que les DPs vivent pendant plusieurs mois ou années. Leur histoire est multiple et ils en sont à la fois les objets et les acteurs.
Cet ouvrage, rassemblant des contributions en trois langues (français, anglais, allemand), croise les perspectives entre histoire politique et internationale, histoire des migrations, analyses culturelles et études des représentations. Il permet de saisir les interactions entre les décisions internationales, les impératifs des pays d’origine des DPs mais aussi ceux des pays d’immigration, les réalités de l’Allemagne occupée et les besoins et espérances des DPs eux-mêmes. Entre sortie du conflit mondial et début de guerre froide se nouent autour des DPs les grandes problématiques politiques et humaines qui forgent l’histoire des déplacements et du refuge.

In the aftermath of the Second World War, millions of foreign civilians found themselves in the German territory. Among them, there were former forced laborers, survivors from the Nazi camps, many uprooted migrants who had all experienced the war in different ways. Most of them were repatriated after the German capitulation. However, almost one million of these «Displaced Persons» (DPs) refused to go back to their homeland. They were scarred by anti-Semitic violence, or by the rise of communist regimes in Eastern Europe. For a few months, even a few years, they remained mostly in the Western zones of occupied Germany, facing the harsh post-war conditions of defeated Germany. DPs became both targets and actors of global politics dealing with the refugee problem. This book puts together articles in three languages (French, English, and German). The contributions reveal the DPs’ history from different points of view. They rely on the history of international relations at the end of the war and of the various states involved in the DP question, as well as on social and cultural studies. The diversity of methodological patterns allows for a broad comprehension of this singular story at different scales, from the international debates and tensions to the needs and the hopes of the DPs themselves, in the social and political context of post-war occupied Germany. As the end of the war led to the Cold War, the DP question raised most of the political and humanitarian issues that would continue to interfere with the management of population displacements and refugees until the present day.

Am Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges befanden sich einige Millionen Ausländer auf deutschem Boden: ehemalige Zwangsarbeiter, Überlebende der NS-Lager und andere entwurzelte Personen. Die meisten von ihnen kehrten nach der deutschen Kapitulation in ihre Heimat zurück; zurück blieben hingegen fast eine Million Displaced Persons (DPs), die den Antisemitismus in Osteuropa oder den Aufstieg der kommunistischen Regime in diesen Ländern fürchteten, so dass sie sich weigerten, in ihre Ursprungsländer zurückzukehren. Sie fanden sich schließlich für mehrere Monate oder gar Jahre in den drei westdeutschen Besatzungszonen wieder, die von den Kriegsfolgen gezeichnet waren und mehrere Millionen von Flüchtlingen aufnehmen mussten. Ihre Geschichte ist vielfältig; bisweilen wird
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Inclusion, Exclusion and Autonomy of Displaced Persons in the Dutch and Belgian Political Economies, 1944-1952 (Frank Caestecker and Lieselotte Luyckx)



In 1947, the IRO called upon UN-member states to assist in finding a durable solution to the plight of Displaced Persons (DPs). Both Belgium and the Netherlands responded positively, recruiting approximately 22,000 and 1,500 male adults respectively from DP camps in Germany to supplement the work force in Belgian and Dutch coal mines. This article will analyse how this work scheme ultimately evolved into a resettlement scheme for only a small minority of these DPs. This so-called Belgian and Dutch contribution to solving the plight of DPs turns out to have largely been to their own benefit, as the immigration of these refugees was managed in similar terms as the immigration of economic migrants. Although the volume of labour intake differed considerably, foreign labour management in Belgium and the Netherlands faced similar challenges, with varying responses in each of the countries. Comparing these two neighbouring countries illuminates and enriches our understanding of each of the two cases.

In the aftermath of the war, the mining industry was the backbone of the Belgian economy. Unlike other European countries, Belgium’s industrial infrastructure had hardly been damaged ← 177 | 178 → during hostilities, allowing its heavy industry to export massive amounts of coal and steel onto the European market. At the same time, the Belgian mining industry was confronted with an exodus of its miners. The 8,000 Soviet prisoners of war, whom German authorities had forcibly brought to Belgium during the conflict to...

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