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‘Suffer the Little Children to Come Unto Me’

Author(s): Doubravka Olšáková
Subject(s): History
Published by: Ústav pro soudobé dějiny AV ČR

Summary/Abstract: Review: Čapková, Kateřina, and Michal Frankl. Nejisté útočiště: Československo a uprchlíci před nacismem, 1933–1938. Prague and Litomyšl: Paseka, 2008, 424 pp. This work, according to the reviewer, provides a great deal of information about the organizing of aid to refugees of Nazism in pre-war Czechoslovakia. It also describes the operation and atmosphere of the refugee camps and movingly acquaints the reader with a number of actual life stories. It fails, however, to provide a unified interpretation, general conclusions, or a comparative picture. Importantly, it debunks the myth that the First Republic of Czechoslovakia was a haven for refugees. With its uncompromising criticism of the restrictions implemented by the Czechoslovak state, however, the work unconsciously creates a contrary myth, and would undoubtedly have been more balanced had it also attempted to compare Czechoslovak policy with that in other European countries in the 1930s.

  • Issue Year: XVI/2009
  • Issue No: 01
  • Page Range: 165-168
  • Page Count: 4
  • Language: Czech