Alfred-Maurice de Zayas

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Alfred-Maurice de Zayas PhD., (born 31 May 1947 in Havana, Cuba and grew up in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. He is a Professor of International Law (since 2003).

A graduate of Harvard University's Law School and a member of the New York Bar, de Zayas worked as an attorney on Wall Street before going to Germany as a Fulbright Graduate Fellow and taking a doctorate in History at the University of Gottingen. He worked for over twenty years for the United Nations as Secretary of the UN Human Rights Committee; and as Chief of Petitions at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He then taught law at the Geneva School of Diplomacy, and History at the American College of Switzerland (Leysin).

De Zayas is credited with uncovering and publishing testimonies in German and American archives detailing shocking atrocities against German civilians by the communists in eastern Europe "adding a new chapter to the annals of human cruelty".[1]

In his book A Terrible Revenge - The Ethnic Cleansing of the East European Germans de Zayas documents how the closing phase and the aftermath of World War II saw millions of refugees and displaced persons wandering across Eastern Europe in one of the most brutal and chaotic migrations in world history. The fate of fifteen (some say seventeen) million German civilians who found themselves inside the Soviet Zone of Occupation remains little known. These were the inhabitants of communities that had been established for many centuries who were expelled or murdered. Over two (some say three) million Germans did not survive these atrocities. The second revised edition of his book contained additional information from new interviews with the children of the displaced and the deceased.

Publications include:

  • Nemesis at Potsdam - The Anglo-Americans and the Expulsion of the Germans (second revised edition 1979, London, ISBN 0-7100-0458-3) received much critical acclaim.
  • Die Wehrmacht-Untersuchingsstelle, Universitas/Langen Muller, Germany, 1979.
  • The Wehrmacht War Crimes Bureau 1939-1945, University of Nebraska Press, 1989, ISBN: 0-8032-1680-7
  • A Terrible Revenge - The Ethnic Cleansing of the East European Germans by Alfred-Maurice de Zayas, 2nd revised edition, New York, May 2006, ISBN 978-1-4039-7308-


  1. Publishers' Weekly magazine.