By Martin Wein
Was Israel based by way of Czechoslovakia? A heritage of Czechs and Jews examines this query and the ensuing findings are complicated. 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 although, the Czechoslovak-Israeli army cooperation was once in basic terms a part of a miles greater picture.
Since the mid-1800s, Czechs and Jews were systematically evaluating themselves to one another in literature, song, politics, international relations, media, and historiography. A shared conception of comparable fates of 2 small international locations trapped among East and West, in consistent existential chance, helped forge a Czech-Jewish "national friendship" amid classes 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, used to be extra fantasy than truth. family members have been usually combined and hugely depending on greater ancient advancements affecting important Europe and the center East.
As the Czech Republic emerges as Israel’s major ecu best friend, this publication offers a well timed research of this old-new alliance and is key interpreting for college students and students with an curiosity in heritage and Jewish Studies.
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