Migrant crisis recalls trauma of Germans' own post-WWII chaos

Former refugee Barbara Keller, holding a family picture, was one of the millions suddenly left homeless at the end of WWII, like the migrants flooding into Germany today whom the 77-year-old has no doubt should be given helpBarbara Keller remembers the summer day in 1945 when her mother suddenly told her they were about to flee to Germany. Today’s scenes of hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving by train in Germany have brought back traumatic memories of her own family’s flight. Born in August 1938, Keller grew up in Reichenberg, to the north of Prague, the border regions of then Czechoslovakia.

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