Re: [S-R] New Member
- 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
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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>>> Anyone who wishes to explore THAT topic should do so on Slovak World, please! <<<Acquiring new memberships at Slovak World is seemingly impossible. Greg Kopchak is not responding.