They find properties of the Czech Germans expelled in 1945

They find properties of the Czech Germans expelled in 1945


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Czech historians have recently found the belongings of a Czech-German family that had been hidden in an attic in 1945. One of the descendants of the family, currently 83 years old, guided historians to the place where the one known as ‘The Sudeten Treasury’, which do not contain jewelry or money but a exceptional historical value.

Rudolf Schlatter was born in the Czechoslovakian town of Libouchec, known in German as Königswald, he is 83 and lives in Stuttgart. At the end of last July he moved to his place of origin to inform the authorities that he knew where a treasure hidden by her family lived when she was expelled from Czechoslovakia.

In the attic of the former Schlatter house, historians discovered many packages wrapped in paper and were so well hidden that they had not been found in 70 years, although the roof of the building had been restored. The packages contained different objects of the time such as paintings, books, magazines, rugs, umbrellas, hats, the cap of a Wehrmacht officer, skis, coats. Everything has not yet been opened and classified, and historians doubt that the family's cash savings will be found.

Schlatter told investigators that he himself had helped his uncle hide family belongings and hid not only his things but also possessions from neighbors or refugees from the east who had stayed at the house. The Schlatters hoped to return home at some point and were aware that it could be looted after their departure.

An important question to resolve now is who owns the found objects, according to the law, Schlatter possessions should become state property and in this way "the Sudeten Treasure" could be exposed to the public this year as part of the cultural activities organized this year in memory of the 70th anniversary of the expulsion of the Sudeten Germans.

Sudetenland, a region of Bohemia inhabited mainly by Germans, were invaded by the Third Reich and when Germany capitulated in 1945 they were re-integrated into Czechoslovakia. The Nazi occupation caused the Czechoslovakian president of the time, Edvard Beneš, to order the expulsion of all ethnic Germans who could not demonstrate their opposition to the Third Reich. There was ethnic cleansing accompanied by some brutality and the displacement of three million people.

The Sudetenland were repopulated with Czechs from other regions. At the time, this area was one of the richest and most industrialized but from that moment it fell into a decline that lasts until today.
This year, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of the expulsion decrees from Beneš, some Czech public authorities have lamented the episodes that took place during the expulsion of ethnic Germans and the media is debating the part of fault that the Czechs could have during these events.


Video: Die letzten Bilder der Wehrmacht in Farbe Mai 1945