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Extra resources for Czechs, Slovaks and the Jews, 1938–48: Beyond Idealisation and Condemnation
We have unified our political emigration and we are working in close collaboration with our country, with the political leaders of the nation at home, with the intelligentsia and with the other classes of people.
77 Already after Munich a large part of the Czech population, including exponents of the liberal democracy, expressed deep resentment against the Jews who spoke German or declared German nationality in the census. 78 These tendencies among the Czech population did not disappear with the progress of the war and with the gradual progress of the ‘Final Solution’. 79 Thus the highest strata of the exile administration expressed understanding for the position adopted by the population at home. In fact, the exiles shared the prejudices, or at least did not consider it politically indiscreet to talk overtly about them.
The Jewish question was not of the utmost importance for home underground groups, when the resistance was more interested in the general issues of minorities, especially the Germans. Nevertheless, their perception of the German problem is revealing on minority (in particular Jewish) issues in general. Defence 26 Czechs, Slovaks and the Jews, 1938–48 of perceived Czech national interests was a common feature of the reports sent to London. The Czechs, as a nation, felt abandoned both by their allies and by the minorities actually living with them in the common state.
Czechs, Slovaks and the Jews, 1938–48: Beyond Idealisation and Condemnation by Jan Láníček (auth.)