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Reuters: Film depicting Germans as WW2 victims fires debate

Reuters: Film depicting Germans as WW2 victims fires debate

A television drama portraying Germans as victims of atrocities as they fled Eastern Europe at the end of World War II marks a new step in ending a German taboo on lamenting one of the biggest refugee movements ever. “Die Flucht” (March of Millions”), a two-part film by public broadcaster ARD that concludes on Monday, had the highest ratings of the year on Sunday as more than 11 million viewers watched the first instalment. Until recently there was little discussion about the up to 14 million Germans who fled the Soviet army or were expelled after the Allies agreed to their eviction from Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. Some 2 million civilians were killed or died. Erik Kirschbaum reports.

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