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It is estimated that in the aftermath of World War II between 13 and 16 million ethnic Germans were expelled from the territories of Eastern Germany ( present-day part of Poland ), the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia ( mostly from the Vojvodina region ), the Kaliningrad Oblast ( formerly northern part of East Prussia ) area of Russia, Lithuania, Romania and other East European countries.
The first president of the federation was a former Nazi judge and activist Hans Kr├╝ger.
Today, the position is held by a CDU politician Erika Steinbach.
The federation claims to represent the diaspora of ethnic Germans and their families.

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