FRED HAHN (New York, U.S.A.) THE DILEMMA OF THE JEWS IN THE HIS TORIC LANDS OF CZECHOSLO VAKIA, 1918-38* In their thousand-year history in the so-called Historic Lands of Czecho- slovakia-Bohemia, Moravia, and Silesia-the Jews had to face many prob- lems. In 1848 there was added the problem of their nationality, which be- came pressing and more important after 1918. It is difficult for anybody who did not live in Austria-Hungary or in Czechoslovakia to understand the intricacies of the nationality problem with its often ridiculous and sometimes violent struggle for every school, every street name, and, more seriously, for every little job in the other national- ity's territory. Even the former Austrian prime minister Count Eduard Taaffe . did not understand it, and he exclaimed in exasperation: "Um das zu ver- stehen muss man halt ein gelernter Deutschboehme sein" (In order to under- stand that one has to be a skilled Bohemian German). Today from the perspective of half a century one can reflect upon the past, upon the years between 1918 and 1938, with more objectivity, and with more insight. There was the narrow-minded nationalism that poisoned the relationship of the peoples in Czechoslovakia and which
East Central Europe – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 1983
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