6.16.2006

1938: Left Embraces "Oppressed" Sudeten Germans, Boycotts Czechoslovakia

(Prague, 1938) Czechoslovakia reacted defiantly to a call for an academic boycott of that country for its occupation of Sudetenland. Pressure on Czechoslovakia has increased recently since Czechoslovakia refused to negotiate with the Sudeten-German Party due to what Czechoslovakia calls "its Nazi orientation." The call -- endorsed by labor unions in Canada, the Presbytarian Church, and anti-racist groups throughout the West -- would begin a strategy of isolation for Czechoslovakia, accused of being a "racist, apartheid state" for its treatment of the minority Sudetens. Czechoslovakia claims that much of the Sudeten issue has been whipped up by an aggressive Germany, an allegation much of the international community has rejected.