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The Migration of Ethnic Germans from Romania to West Germany: Insights from the Archives of the Former Communist Regime

Dana Diminescu 1, 2, 3, 4
Abstract : At the end of the Second World War, the Federal Republic of Germany introduced a policy of welcoming populations of German extraction from Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union (Aussiedler). Thus, between 1950 and 1989, 242,326 ethnic Germans left Romania. This migration was the subject of particular surveillance practices by the Romanian state and its secret police; indeed, the Securitate opened a file for each candidate to German “repatriation.” My presentation is based on an investigation into the thousands of secret police files concerning the Aussiedler, which are now part of the 25 linear kilometers of materials administered by Romania’s National Council for the Study of the Securitate Archives (CNSAS). These previously unexamined archival materials document the surveillance and repression of the population intending to emigrate, and represent an important investigative collection for the history and sociology of migration.
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Dana Diminescu. The Migration of Ethnic Germans from Romania to West Germany: Insights from the Archives of the Former Communist Regime. CERS, public lecture, UCLA, Mar 2020, Los Angeles, United States. ⟨hal-02556007⟩

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