Well said! Any events that caused people to change their economic, political or religious status, change their place of residence, or that resulted in their imprisonment or death are very significant from a genealogical point of view. Additionally the reasons for such events often impact what records we seek and where we seek them, and are therefore also of genealogical importance. Ignoring such events and their causes only handicaps our research, and discussions about them definitely belong in this forum!
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On Dec 4, 2012, at 7:52 PM, htcstech <htcstech@...> wrote:
> Ron said "try to keep it as close to genealogical as possible. There are
> many controversial stories to be learned above, and this is NOT the forum
> to hash these out!"
> This IS a genealogic forum and the Benes Decree is vital! It may be a taboo
> subject here, but it's importance for later genealogical work is very
> significant. We tend not to discuss this and almost ignoring those
> of Slovak/Rusyn/Bohemian/Moravian/German/Ukrainian and Galacian ancestry
> (hundreds of thousands) who are now fully assimilated in Hungarian ethnic
> towns and villages along the southern strip. Millions of people were
> displaced throughout the whole of Czechoslovakia because of the Benes
> 2011 - the darker the green the more 'ethnic' Hungarians:
> http://www.foruminst.sk/images/album/129/2-392-33729-129-orig.jpg That is a
> significant slab of Slovakia where the ethnic border does not match the
> political one. A map of German displacement would be extremely valuable.
> I understand fully that political discussions are verboten, but sooner or
> later those Benes Decree lists will become (some are already) public
> domain. The ones I've seen show which families were forced to move.
> Documentary evidence is being collected as we speak showing adoption of
> Czechoslovak citizenship, travelling papers, resettlement addresses and
> other vital information. Being 2012, the parents of those who were evicted
> are passing on, so this knowledge becomes vital. Even some Slovaks were
> Here's a memorial plaque of those families that were displaced by the Benes
> (note that previous 'face on' images of this were removed by the website to
> protect the identities of those listed)
> And it's not just Slovakia, but significant Hungarian, Serbian and Romanian
> displacements as well, all authorized and carried out by their respective
> post WW2 governments.
> In fact it is impossible to do later - post WW1 and WW2 genealogical work
> without mentioning (non-jewish) genocide, atrocities and other forms of
> cleansing in some of these places. Millions were displaced or killed
> including ethnic Slovaks and Rusyns - and as further academic research
> continues past the 50 year moratorium, more of this will come to light.
> I agree that we should concentrate on genealogy, but referral to the above
> events should not be dismissed out of hand as a cause for death and
> Peter M.
> On 5 December 2012 10:49, Ron <amiak27@...> wrote:
> > try to keep it as close to genealogical as possible. There are many
> > controversial stories to be learned above, and this is NOT the forum to
> > hash these out!
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