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National Cleansing: Retribution Against Nazi Collaborators in Postwar Czechoslovakia


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Beschreibung

Beschreibung

This comprehensive history of postwar Czech retribution examines the prosecution of more than one-hundred thousand suspected war criminals and collaborators by Czech courts and tribunals after the Second World War. Based on archival sources that remained inaccessible during the cold war, the book provides a new perspective on Czechoslovakia's transition from Nazi occupation to Stalinist rule. Frommer asserts that the Czechs made a genuine, if flawed, attempt to confront past war crimes, including their own.

Inhaltsverzeichnis

Introduction; 1. Wild retribution; 2. The great decree; 3. People's courts and popular justice; 4. 'The disease of denunciation'; 5. Offenses against national honor; 6. Retribution and the transfer; 7. The National Court; 8. The road to February and beyond; Conclusion.

Portrait

Benjamin Frommer is Assistant Professor of History at Northwestern University.

Pressestimmen

"[A] well-written book...Benjamin Frommer has excavated a huge amount of detailed data. [F]or scholars of European reconstruction in the 1940s or Czech history, and for others who are concerned with questions of justice for perpetrators of crimes against humanity, it is a sobering and thoughtful account." Patricia , Ph.D., F.R.S.C., Sr. Fellow, Centre for International Relations, Professor and Dean of Arts Emerita, University of British Columbia, Canadian Journal of Sociology Online "In his detailed and highly readable work, Frommer provides a chronological account of post-WWII Czechoslovakiaas legal retribution against its Nazi collaborators." CHOICE "Based on meticulous archival research and careful analysis, Benjamin Frommer tells the extremely important - and largely ignored - story of postwar Czech retributive justice. National Cleansing has wide-ranging implications for our understanding of postwar Europe's attempts to come to terms with collaboration while fostering social and political unity." -Norman M. Naimark, Robert and Florence McDonnell Professor of History, Stanford University "Benjamin Frommer offers new insights into the process of imposition of Communist rule in East Central Europe after World War II. His book, immaculately researched and brilliantly argued, is also a major contribution to the literature on political justice. An outstanding achievement." -Jan Gross, Department of History, Princeton University "...a sobering and thoughful account." -Canadian Journal of Sociology Online "In his detailed and highly readable work, Frommer provides a chronological account of post-WWII Czechoslovakiaas legal retribution against its Nazi collaborators." -CHOICE "Benjamin Frommer has presented an excellent, well-documented history of postwar Czech retribution based on valuable archival materials." -Slavic Review "...in addition to its interest for specialists in Czech history, this book deserves the attention of anyone wanting to gain an in-depth understanding of European collaboration and retribution in the twentieth century." HABSBURG, David Gerlach, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh "This unusually complex and dynamic view of a historical process will set standards in the study of modern Bohemia for some time to come." - John Connelly, University of California, Berkeley "While Frommer is concerned primarily with the nature and course of the postwar political battles in Czechoslovakia, he does not neglect the wider context of European retribution against Nazi collaborators. Some of the most interesting points of the narrative are the comparisons of Czech developments to others in the immediate postwar period. All the countries carrying out retribution became involved in constructing new courts and legal practices to retroactively punish the crime of collaboration. Though the Czech case differed in some important ways, this work reminds us that it should be seen as a component part of Europe's emergence from the war. Thus, in addition to its interest for specialists in Czech history, this book deserves the attention of anyone wanting to gain an in-depth understanding of European collaboration and retribution in the twentieth century." - David Gerlach, Department of History, University of Pittsburgh, H-NET "This is a brilliant study, exhaustively researched, and presented in a remarkably balanced way. It is, beyond doubt, the seminal work on this subject." -Stanislav J. Kirschbaum, Austrian History Yearbook
EAN: 9780521810678
ISBN: 0521810671
Untertitel: 'Studies in the Social and Cult'. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: Januar 2013
Seitenanzahl: 387 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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