Hello Bob Buckler
It sounds as if some of your German ancestors had a similar situation to
some of mine.
My grandmother, who immigrated to Texas with her parents in 1899, continued
to correspond with some of her cousins over there. I recently had a letter
translated that she received in 1946 from one of her cousins who was living in
Germany. In the letter the person described in detail what happened immediately
after the war. (It was basically the same as what has been referred to in
recent years as ethnic cleansing.) He said that the Czechs came to the properties
that had been owned by the German families for many generations and told them
that they had to leave by the end of the day. They were allowed to take
their personal belongings with them but had to leave everything else behind. This
included livestock, farm implements, crops in the fields, furniture in the
I am very interested in learning as much as possible about the conditions
that these Sudeten Germans experienced immediately after the war and would
welcome comments by others who have reliable knowledge of the subject.