The Jew in Czech and Slovak Imagination,1938-89 is the first critical inquiry into the nature of anti-Jewish prejudices in both main parts of former Czechoslovakia. The authors identify anti-Jewish prejudices over almost fifty years of the twentieth century, focusing primarily on the post-Munich period and the Second World War (1938–45), the post-war reconstruction (1945–48), as well as the Communist rule with both its thaws and returns to hardline rule (1948–89). It is a provocative examination of the construction of the image of ‘the Jew’ in the Czech and Slovak majority societies, the assigning of character and other traits – real or imaginary – to individuals or groups. The book analyses the impact of these constructed images on the attitudes of the majority societies towards the Jews, and on Holocaust memory in the country.
Hana Kubátová, Ph.D. (1980) is Assistant Professor at the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Her areas of research include majority-minority relations in Slovakia, social history of the Holocaust, and the relationship between memory and robbery. She has co-edited
Jews and Gentiles in Central and Eastern Europe during the Holocaust. History and Memory (Routledge, 2018).
Jan Láníček, Ph.D. (1981) is Senior Lecturer at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. He specialises in modern European history and Jewish/non-Jewish relations during the Holocaust. He is the author of
Czechs, Slovaks and the Jews, 1938-1948 (Palgrave, 2013) and
Arnošt Frischer and the Jewish Politics of Early 20th-Century Europe (Bloomsbury Academic, 2016). He also co-edited
Governments-in-Exile and the Jews during the Second World War (Vallentine Mitchell, 2013).
"This meticulously researched study covers the late 1930s to the 1960s in Czechoslovakia, then when Slovakia became a separate country under Nazi domination during WW II and much of the Czech Republic was a German “protectorate.”...Summing Up: Highly recommended. Graduate students, faculty, professionals." -R.M. Seltzer, emeritus,
Hunter College, CUNY, CHOICE, August 2018 Vol. 55 No. 12
Table of contents
AcknowledgementsIntroduction Objectives, Terminology and Approach 1
The Public Image of the ‘Jew’ during the War Czechs and Slovaks Picture Each Other The ‘Jew’ and 1938 Film ‘Kohn Greets Sara’: Radio Waves and the Image of the Jew Metaphors and Allegories of the ‘Jew’ in the Press 2
The ‘Jew’ in the Popular Opinion Collaboration in the Protectorate and Slovakia Methodology The Regime in the Protectorate and in ‘Independent’ Slovakia Robbery The Breaking Point Return of the Jews 3
The ‘Jew’ as a Reminder Tales of Suffering ‘We Know That You Are Not Guilty!’: Origins of the Postwar Myths Heroes and Cowards Collaboration and Guilt Jews as Collaborators 4
When They Write ‘Zionist’, They Mean ‘Jew’ Czechoslovakia and Zionism until the Communist Takeover Zionism As a Progressive Force? Jew as a Zionist Zionist Conspiracy with a ‘Human Face’
All interested in the history of Jews in Europe, the Second World War, the Holocaust, Israel, antisemitism and anti-Zionism. Upper level undergraduate students (UK, USA), postgraduate students; academics.