3.1 Remigration

Letter from Robert Murphy to Hubertus Prinz zu Löwenstein
Robert Murphy, U.S. political adviser: Letter to Prince Hubertus zu Löwenstein, 18 June 1945. // Prince Hubertus zu Löwenstein deemed it only natural to return to Germany at the first possible opportunity. However, his return was delayed until October 1946 because the Allies initially only allowed a few willing returnees back into the country. Nevertheless, he was one of the first remigrants.

German Exile Archive 1933–1945 of the German National Library, EB autograph 361, thanks to Konstanza Princess zu Löwenstein

3.1 Remigration

The first repatriates came from the fields of politics and science. Many of them had emphatically viewed their exile as temporary and now wanted to be part of the political and cultural reconstruction of Germany. They played a significant role in post-war society.

For many who had come to regard their host country as a new or second home, the question of whether or not to return was difficult and oppressive. Was it conceivable to return to the "land of perpetrators"? With what aim and with whose help?

There has never been an official call for emigrants to return. Only a few returned permanently, sometimes years later, with reservations, or only for a limited time.