[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Resettlement after WW2

Dave Obee daveobee at shaw.ca
Sun Jan 1 13:23:16 PST 2017

There is no single answer for the resettlement after the war. What happened depended on many factors, including the time frame, the location of the original village, and so on.

The Germans expelled from Polish Volhynian territory at the start of the war were treated differently than the ones forced to leave Russian Volhynia. The Germans pushed out from their home villages when big chunks of Germany were lost to Poland or Russia faced different conditions as well. For those people, it would pay to look for the organizations, organized by kreis, in the former West German areas that served as clearing houses for information.

Regarding those expelled from Russian Volhynia, when the Red Army pushed the Wehrmacht to the west, I have found several pockets in Germany where many of the people settled. That was not organized by the government, it was more about friends helping friends.

I do not understand how an 1804 list from Lodz applies to post-Second World War resettlement.

Dave Obee

----- Original Message -----
From: Caroline Brymora <carolinebrymora at gmail.com>
To: SGGEE <ger-poland-volhynia at sggee.org>
Sent: Sun, 01 Jan 2017 13:42:41 -0700 (MST)
Subject: Re: [Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Resettlement after WW2

This is an interesting question.

I do not know the answer unfortuately.

For my colonists who settled near Lodz, I did find a list with names
and occupations, 1804.

This was a single page within the church books for the parish on
familysearch. My belief is that in this instance several families all
from the same village in present-day Germany created the new village
together in present-day Poland.

What is of interest to me is the churches. for my village
(Hilsbach/Czarny Las), the colonists did not have their own church
(most if not all were Evangelist). For the first 15 or 20 (?) years of
the colony they had their births/deaths/marriages performed in the
nearest Roman Catholic church, until their own church was built. I'm
sure this happened all over the place.


On 2 January 2017 at 07:27, Darel Paul <darel.e.paul at gmail.com> wrote:
> In a previous thread on lost villages, the matter of German resettlement
> after WW2 came up.
> I had the impression from the comments that the resettlement process was
> quite organized, and that Germans were expelled from particular villages in
> Poland or Volhynia and resettled after the war in particular villages,
> cities, or regions in Germany.
> Is this true? If so, are there sources which list which Polish or Volhynian
> villages resettled to which German areas? My German ancestors lived in the
> agricultural districts north, south, and west of Konin, Poland.
> Darel
> ~~~~~
> Darel E. Paul
> Williamstown, MA
> darel.e.paul at gmail.com
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