Ruth Leiserowitz
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Population displacement in East Prussia during the First World War
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As a region bordering the Russian Empire, East Prussia was, apart from Alsace-Lorraine, the only part of the German Empire to be directly affected by the military operations of the First World War. At the beginning of the civil war, the population displacements and resulting drama were broadly publicised in the media, provoking a surge of solidarity among the German public. Very quickly there was a clear appreciation on the part of German society of the situation emerging in East Prussia and of the difficult circumstances for the population that resulted from it. Starting with the liberation of the province, publications such as The East Prussian War Journal were launched in order to put on record the experience of the events of the war and the rushed departure. Within the province, the 'East Prussian Refugee Care' was primarily responsible for material support.

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