Hate map of Germany

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“Hate” Map of Europe without Germany Once Proposed

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Countries come and go during wartime.  Reshuffling of populations was rampant after World War II.  Cities received different names.  Centuries of expansion by Germans farmers toward the east was reversed.  Where is Prussia today?

Historum.com is a less formal but stimulating site that allows “what if” speculations for history subjects that fall outside the narrow “history establishment” dominating universities and mainstream publishing houses.  The map portrays a hypothetical look at what Europe might have looked like if the most vengeful had had their way.

After all, the WWI treaty had been punitive enough to trigger WWII in the eyes of Nazi leaders.  Nor can we forget how past war machines in the Bible and during the Crusades would wipe out the entire populations of captured cities to prevent later insurgencies.

During WW2, some fringe thinkers advocated for the total dissolution of Germany. This was mainly through Theodore Kaufman who self-published his controversial manifestoGermany Must Perish!, which advocated, among other things, the sterilizations of Germans and dismemberment of the German state, insisting that Germany be divided up and absorbed by its neighboring countries. The ironic thing is that Kaufman’s work enjoyed its greatest exposure from the Nazis themselves. Nazi propaganda claimed that Kaufman’s book was not the fever dream of a single individual but the Allies’ actual plan for Germany.

It was printed widely to scare the German people into resisting further with visions of a future where their country, culture, and legacy would be eradicated. This was not to be an occupation but a complete absorption or Germany by its neighbours in which German geographical names would be translated into the language of their adoptive country. Polish Berlin and Dresden become Berolinsk and Drezno. In the hands of the Netherlands, Cologne and Essen are renamed Keulen and Eeten. And French Mannheim and Aachen become Foyer-d’Homme and Aix-la-Chapelle.

Of course this plan was never seriously considered by the allies but it is an interesting map all the same.