Coming Back or Coming Home?

Hughes, Nicole; Pardek, Simon
July 2005
New Presence: The Prague Journal of Central European Affairs;Summer2005, Vol. 7 Issue 2, p27
Academic Journal
The article focuses on the history of the Czech Republic where there have been numerous instances in which a significant portion of the population has either chosen, or been forced to go into exile. Attitudes towards exile and emigration shifted significantly when the Communists came to power in 1948. Arguably, the chasm of misunderstanding between former exiles and ordinary Czechs remains as large as ever. Though many Czechs were motivated to leave because of economic reasons, the tendency to blur the distinctions between these exiles and those that escaped genuine persecution causes much misunderstanding to this day.


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