By Martin Wein
Was Israel based via Czechoslovakia? A heritage of Czechs and Jews examines this question and the ensuing findings are advanced. Czechoslovakia did offer serious, mystery army sponsorship to Israel round 1948, yet this alliance was once short-lived and terminated with the Prague Trial of 1952. Israel’s "Czech weapons" have been German up to Czech, and the Soviet Union strongly inspired Czechoslovakia’s support for Israel. most significantly even though, the Czechoslovak-Israeli army cooperation was once simply a part of a far higher picture.
Since the mid-1800s, Czechs and Jews were systematically evaluating themselves to one another in literature, track, politics, international relations, media, and historiography. A shared notion of comparable fates of 2 small countries trapped among East and West, in consistent existential hazard, helped forge a Czech-Jewish "national friendship" amid sessions of estrangement. but, this Czech-Jewish nationwide friendship, an concept that may be traced from Masaryk and Kafka through Weizman and Ben Gurion to Havel and Netanyahu, was once extra fable than fact. family members have been usually combined and hugely depending on better ancient advancements affecting significant Europe and the center East.
As the Czech Republic emerges as Israel’s major european best friend, this booklet offers a well timed research of this old-new alliance and is vital interpreting for college kids and students with an curiosity in heritage and Jewish Studies.
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