Refugees and citizens in East-Central Europe in the 20th century

Michal Frankl: Support and Control – Refugees in the Czech Lands

The UnRef PI Michal Frankl was invited to give a public lecture titled Support and Control: Refugees in the Czech Lands. The event will take place in the Prague Municipal Library on 19 May 2022 from 5 p.m. The working language will be Czech.

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The arrival of Czech refugees from borderlands in front of the W. Wilson railway station in Prague (1938)

The lecture will focus on two historical situations in which the Czech lands – like nowadays – have become a refuge for a large number of refugees, coming due to war violence and border shifts. The need to receive refugees fleeing the Habsburg monarchy during the First World War and the people expelled from the Czechoslovak borderlands after the Munich Agreement led to the mobilization of state funds and extensive assistance from society. At the same time, the state, as well as aid organizations, used these cases of humanitarian aid and learned how to sort, move and control people on the run. In particular, their ethnic differentiation significantly affected both immediate assistance and further fates of refugees.

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