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Czechs re-enact 1945 march in gesture to remember Germans dying in post WWII expulsion

  • Participants take part in a 20-mile walk between the town of Pohorelice and the city of Brno, Czech Republic, Saturday, May 30, 2015. In a rare gesture of reconciliation, hundreds took part in a walk on Saturday to commemorate some 1,700 ethnic Germans who died 70 years ago during their expulsion from the second largest Czech city of Brno. On May 30, 1945, city authorities of the then liberated Brno herded more than 20,000 local ethnic Germans, including children, women and elderly, to escort them on foot out of the country in what is now known as the Brno death march. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Participants take part in a 20-mile walk between the town of Pohorelice and the city of Brno, Czech Republic, Saturday, May 30, 2015. In a rare gesture of reconciliation, hundreds took part in a walk on Saturday to commemorate some 1,700 ethnic Germans who died 70 years ago during their expulsion from the second largest Czech city of Brno. On May 30, 1945, city authorities of the then liberated Brno herded more than 20,000 local ethnic Germans, including children, women and elderly, to escort them on foot out of the country in what is now known as the Brno death march. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  (The Associated Press)

  • Participants take part in a 20-mile walk between the town of Pohorelice and the city of Brno, Czech Republic, Saturday, May 30, 2015. In a rare gesture of reconciliation, hundreds took part in a walk on Saturday to commemorate some 1,700 ethnic Germans who died 70 years ago during their expulsion from the second largest Czech city of Brno. On May 30, 1945, city authorities of the then liberated Brno herded more than 20,000 local ethnic Germans, including children, women and elderly, to escort them on foot out of the country in what is now known as the Brno death march. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

    Participants take part in a 20-mile walk between the town of Pohorelice and the city of Brno, Czech Republic, Saturday, May 30, 2015. In a rare gesture of reconciliation, hundreds took part in a walk on Saturday to commemorate some 1,700 ethnic Germans who died 70 years ago during their expulsion from the second largest Czech city of Brno. On May 30, 1945, city authorities of the then liberated Brno herded more than 20,000 local ethnic Germans, including children, women and elderly, to escort them on foot out of the country in what is now known as the Brno death march. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)  (The Associated Press)

In a rare gesture of reconciliation, hundreds of Czechs have participated in a 20-mile walk to remember some 1,700 ethnic Germans who died 70 years ago during their expulsion from the Czech city of Brno.

When the German World War II occupation ended in 1945, Brno city authorities escorted over 20,000 ethnic Germans on foot out of the country in what has become known as the Brno death march.

They belonged to some 3 million ethnic Germans who had lived in the country for centuries and were expelled from post-war Czechoslovakia as enemies.

Barbara Edith Breindl, a survivor says "It was only revenge."

Saturday's commemoration took place after Brno's government approved a declaration of reconciliation earlier in May in which the city representatives expressed regret about what happened.