Deportations
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Deportations

Forcible expulsions were practised for various reasons, and by all sides, during the First World War. Initially, they were a means of securing zones of conflict and occupation. During the German invasion in the West alone, at least 10,000 French citizens were deported to Germany and interned in barracks that stood vacant. The number of Belgians deported in 1914 is unknown, but may have amounted to several thousands. These first deportations, which included women and children, were in…

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Kramer, Alan, “Deportations”, in: Brill’s Digital Library of World War I. Consulted online on 17 December 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-3786_dlws1_beww1_en_0158>
First published online: 2015



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