By Martin Wein
Was Israel based via Czechoslovakia? A historical past of Czechs and Jews examines this query and the ensuing findings are complicated. Czechoslovakia did offer severe, 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 aid for Israel. most significantly in spite of the fact that, the Czechoslovak-Israeli army cooperation used to be merely a part of a miles higher picture.
Since the mid-1800s, Czechs and Jews were systematically evaluating themselves to one another in literature, tune, politics, international relations, media, and historiography. A shared conception of comparable fates of 2 small countries trapped among East and West, in consistent existential risk, 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, was once extra fable than fact. family have been frequently combined and hugely depending on higher historic advancements affecting valuable Europe and the center East.
As the Czech Republic emerges as Israel’s major european best friend, this booklet offers a well timed research of this old-new alliance and is vital examining for college students and students with an curiosity in background and Jewish Studies.