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The Long Road Home

Ben Shephard

In The Long Road Home, Ben Shephard describes how for 8 million displaced persons the end of the Second World War didn’t mean the end of their ordeal.

Confronted by an entire continent starving and uprooted, Allied planners devised strategies to help all ‘displaced persons’, and repatriate the fifteen million people who had been deprived of their homes and in many cases forced to work for the Germans. But over a million Jews, Poles, Ukrainians, Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians and Yugoslavs understandably refused to go home. 

He told the true and epic story of how millions ultimately found relief, reconciliation and a place to call home.

Ben Shephard read History at Oxford University. He was a Producer on the television series. The World at War and The Nuclear Age and has made numerous historical and scientific documentaries for the BBC and Channel Four. He is the author of the critically acclaimed A War of Nerves: Soldiers and Psychiatrists 1914-1994 and After Daybreak: The Liberation of Belsen, 1945. He lives in Bristol.

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