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The Savage Peace (2015)

When the Second World War ended, the people of liberated Europe celebrated their freedom from Nazi tyranny. Their years of suffering had ended, but for millions of Germans, the end of the conflict opened a new and terrible chapter.


Peter Molloy




Cast overview:
Michael Pennington ... Narrator
Christa Ronke Christa Ronke ... Self
Marianne Becker Marianne Becker ... Self
Meda Mládek Meda Mládek ... Self
Stanislava Zverinova Stanislava Zverinova ... Self
Helena Dvorácková Helena Dvorácková ... Self
Milena Sukova Milena Sukova ... Self
Hugo Fritsch Hugo Fritsch ... Self
Emil Pupik Emil Pupik ... Self - great-grand nephew of J. Bruce Ismay


The Savage Peace reveals the appalling violence meted out to the defeated, especially to those ethnic Germans who had lived peacefully for centuries in neighbouring countries. Using rare and unseen archive film, the documentary tells a harrowing story of vengeance against German civilians, which mirrored some of the worst cruelty of the Nazi occupiers during the years of war. The Savage Peace includes the unique testimony of eyewitnesses and victims, who recall the horrors with searing clarity, their memories undimmed 70 years after the events took place. This a story that has, until now, been untold amidst the justified celebration of an end to an unspeakable tyranny. But as the writer George Orwell said, the treatment of the defeated Germans was a terrible crime that has gone unpunished. Written by AnonymousB

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Misery Has A Long Memory
26 July 2019 | by OregonTravelerSee all my reviews

This documentary mainly concentrates on the reprisals of the Czechs against its German-speaking population following the end of WWII. The creation of Czechoslovakia in 1918/1919 from the Australia-Hungarian Empire was a country of Bohemians, Moravians, Slovaks, Hungarians, and Germans. Hitler used the issue of Sudetenland Germans to force the country to cede portions of the country to Germany in 1938, as France and Great Britain reneged on their commitment to protect Czechoslovakia's sovereignty. Six months later, the Germans invaded the country and created a protectorate, brutalizing its slavonic-speaking population. In 1945, after 7 years of abuse and humiliation, the revenge against Nazis and all Germans was swift, violent, and equally deadly. The film also refers to the Polish revenge of its German-speaking population as well as the Russian Army's brutality against German civilians, especially women.

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