Covering the period between the Munich Agreement and the Communist
Coup in February 1948, this volume provides the first full account
of the Czechoslovak Government-in-Exile in London. In examining
attitudes towards the Jews during World War 2 and its aftermath Jan
Laníček explores the notion that Czechoslovak treatment of the Jews
was shaped by resurgent Czech and Slovak nationalism/s caused by
the war and by the experience of the occupation by the German army.
He challenges the official history of Czechoslovak policy towards
the Jews between 1918 and 1948, which still presents Czechoslovakia
as an exceptional case study of an East-Central European state that
rejected antisemitism and treated the Jews decently. This
groundbreaking work offers a novel, provocative analysis of the
political activities and plans of the Czechoslovak exiles during
and after the war years, and of the implementation of the plans in
liberated Czechoslovakia after 1945.