The chairman of the Sudetendeutsche Landsmannschaft, an organisation representing Sudeten Germans who were expelled from Czechoslovakia after World War II, has called on President Václav Klaus to apologise for injustices committed by Czechs against ethnic Germans in the period after the war. In a speech in Augsburg on Saturday the organisation’s Franz Pany highlighted Queen Elizabeth II’s recent visit to Ireland, where the monarch spoke of a regrettable past between Britain and Ireland and offered her deepest sympathies. The Landsmannschaft head questioned why such a move, as he saw it, had not been taken by Prague. Some 2.5 million ethnic Germans were expelled from Czechoslovakia after the war under the Beneš decrees. Prague considers the issue of the decrees long addressed and a closed chapter in the nations’ shared history.
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