Kossert, renowned expert on the topic of flight and expulsion in the 20th century and author of the bestseller "Kalte Heimar", places the refugee movement of the early 21st century in a large historical context in his new book. Always close to the individual fates and in a moving way, he shows the existential experiences of uprooting and hostility that go hand in hand with the loss of one's homeland - and why it is so difficult for refugees and displaced persons at all times to put down new roots in a foreign land. Whether they fled from East Prussia, Syria or India: refugees are actors in world history - Andreas Kossert gives them a voice with this book.
He shows that flight and expulsion are not the problem of others, but are deeply interwoven with one's own family history, especially in Germany, and creates a sense that it concerns everyone. (From the statement of the jury of the NDR Kultur Sachbuchpreis for the award as best non-fiction book of the year 2020)
About the author
Andreas Kossert, born in 1970, studied history, Slavic studies and politics. The historian with a doctorate worked at the German Historical Institute in Warsaw and has been a research assistant at the Federal Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation in Berlin since 2010. His historical accounts of Masuria (2001) and East Prussia (2005) as well as of the German expellees after 1945 ("Kalte Heimat", 2008) received enthusiastic reactions. His most recent publication was "Flucht. Eine Menschheitsgeschichte", which was awarded the NDR Culture Non-Fiction Book Prize 2020 and the Friedrich Ebert Foundation's "Das politische Buch 2021" prize.