Austrian Refugee Movements to Czechoslovakia, 1934–39: From Political Exiles to Jewish Refugees

21 March 2017 - 5 PM

Wolfgang Schellenbacher (University of Vienna / EHRI)

The political exile of Austrian Socialists in Czechoslovakia in 1934 is different from other refugee movements in central Europe at that time, most noticeably because of the sympathetic approach of the Czechoslovak government towards those fleeing. In the later 1930s, however, the refugee policies of Czechoslovakia became distinctly more restrictive. By comparing the escape routes and fates of Austrians fleeing persecution for their political beliefs in 1934 with those of Austrians attempting to get into Czechoslovakia to escape anti-Jewish persecution in 1938, the new, anti-Jewish refugee policy of Prague becomes clear.


Modern Jewish History Seminar

The seminar is intended to provide a platform for academic discussion about the latest research on Jewish history especially of the last three centuries. Though primarily focused on the Jews of central and east central Europe, the seminar also includes topics related to the Jews of other regions. The seminar is further enriched by including topics not directly concerned with Jews, but enabling one to see Jewish history from other perspectives (for instance, the perspective of other marginalized communities).

Despite our preference for the methods of historical research, the organizers welcome multidisciplinary approaches to the topics, including those of sociology, political science, religious studies, and art history.

The seminar is held in the library of CEFRES, Na Florenci 3, Prague 1 always at 5:30 p.m. The language of the seminar is English. The seminar is organized by Kateřina Čapková and Michal Frankl. Since 2018/2019 the seminar is included into the MA program of the Prague Center for Jewish Studies at the Charles University. Due to Michal Frankl’s stay abroad this academic year, all the questions and suggestions should be sent to Kateřina Čapková (