The After-effects Of World War II

Editorials News | Aug-03-2022

The After-effects Of World War II

The horrors of the second World War are etched into the imagination of public discourse but what of its after effects? How does continent at war for 6 years and unstable for much longer create peace? When so many national ideological and social resentments remain it's easy to forget that a military victory for the allies didn't mean that a defeat. People's ideologies and attitudes suddenly changed and World War II has not just a military conflict. So many in Europe let their resentment be unleashed to their ideological or ethic enemies whether from the same state or not. to think then that the end of world war means the end of resentment is naive in the Soviet union 70,000 villages and 1,700 towns were destroyed by the nazi's during the war and 16 million people died over 15% of its population but when the naziz word defeated and the Soviet occupied Berlin at the beginning of May 1945. At the retribution had already begun in Vienna alone which the soviets had taken by beginning of April.

Some 85,000 women were reported by doctors to have been raped by Soviet soldiers. In Berlin the numbers were even higher. Throughout 1945 the citizens of Vienna lived on just 800 calories a day. It was already clear that the post war period was going to be almost a horrific as the war. But in different and unexpected ways countries in eastern Europe expelled all Germans living there and confiscated their property but the defeat of Nazis didn't mean anti- semitism. Went away anti- semitism wasn't a German phenomenon. It was a European and a global one between 1948 and 1951 3,32, 000 people immigrated to Israel. The horrors of anti- semitism and fascism were at their hight and France much of eastern Europe was under occupation. There was always some optimism most countries had some form of underground resistance but personal indignation, ideological bitterness and the psychology of submission to an invading oppressor.

By : Parth Aggarwal
S. D. Public School
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