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Sudeten Germans in the Eyes of a Polish Historian

  • Where: Montmartre Gallery
  • When: September 26, 2013, 19:00 – 21:00

A lecture by Piotr Maciej Majewski

Piotr Maciej Majewski (1972) is a Polish historian who specialises in the history of Czechoslovakia in the 20th century, in particular Czech-German relations, a subject on which he has written numerous studies. Alongside a monograph on the choices facing the Czechoslovak Army in 1938 in a possible war with Germany, he has published a book on Edvard Beneš’s position on the Sudeten German question; most recently he brought out an extensive work entitled The Sudeten Germans 1848–1948, which should come out in Czech in 2014. Majewski lectures at Warsaw University and also serves as deputy director of the Museum of World War II in Gdansk.

Host: Jiří Friedl, historian and vice chariman of the Conditio humana civic association

The lecture will be held in cooperation with the Czech-Polish Forum, the Conditio humana civic association and the Museum of World War II in Gdansk.


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Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

Václav Havel’s Prague