Holocaust History in the Bohemian Lands
Research Questions and Voids, Sources and Data
Keywords:Holocaust, Bohemian Lands, Historiography
This introduction summarises the rationale for this ‘national’ special issue devoted to the history of the Holocaust in the Bohemian lands. It discusses the legacy of the historian Miroslav Kárný and the historiographic pause and disorientation following his death in 2001. Before summarising the articles, it analyses the recent polarisation of historiographic debates with regard to the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia. It tackles disputes around the local, or Czech, entanglement in the persecution of Roma and Sinti and around comparisons with the genocide of Jews. It discusses the attacks on research that critically challenges common assumptions about Czech solidarity with Jews and the one-sided, top-down approach to the history of the Holocaust in the Protectorate.
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