National Cleansing: Retribution against Nazi Collaborators in Postwar Czechoslovakia

National Cleansing: Retribution against Nazi Collaborators in Postwar Czechoslovakia

by Benjamin Frommer
     
 

National Cleansing examines the prosecution of more than one hundred thousand suspected war criminals and collaborators by Czech courts and tribunals after the Second World War. This comprehensive history of postwar Czech retribution provides a new perspective on Czechoslovakia's transition from Nazi occupation to Stalinist rule in the turbulent decade from the Munich… See more details below

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National Cleansing examines the prosecution of more than one hundred thousand suspected war criminals and collaborators by Czech courts and tribunals after the Second World War. This comprehensive history of postwar Czech retribution provides a new perspective on Czechoslovakia's transition from Nazi occupation to Stalinist rule in the turbulent decade from the Munich Pact of September 1938 to the Communist coup d'etat of February 1948. Based on archival sources that remained inaccessible during the Cold War, National Cleansing demonstrates the central role of retribution in the postwar power struggle and the expulsion of the Sudeten Germans. In contrast to general histories of postwar Czechoslovakia, which have traditionally portrayed retribution as little more than Communist-inspired political justice, this book illustrates that the prosecution of collaborators and war criminals represented a genuine, if deeply flawed, attempt to confront the crimes of the past, including those committed by the Czechs themselves.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521008969
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/2004
Series:
Studies in the Social and Cultural History of Modern Warfare Series, #19
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
410
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.91(d)

Table of Contents

1Wild retribution33
2The great decree63
3People's courts and popular justice95
4Denunciation : "the disease of our times"142
5Offenses against national honor186
6Retribution and the "transfer"228
7The national court267
8The road to February and beyond315
App. 1The great decree (No. 16/1945)348
App. 2The national court decree (No. 17/1945)364
App. 3The small decree (No. 138/1945)371

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