A request for forgiveness was heard for the very first time on Friday, September 1st in the district around the former village of Lezaky. Lezaky was destroyed by the Nazis in June 1942, and 33 adults were shot dead without trial. Their descendants met on Friday with representatives of the Christian organisation of the Sudeten Germans, Ackermanngemeinde, to discuss the fate of those who died. has the story:
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder made an unprecedented attempt on Sunday to end a 30-year feud between his party and millions of ethnic Germans forced out of their homes in East Europe after WWII. In the first speech by a chancellor to the main annual gathering of the exiles, Mr. Schroeder said that Germany had no territorial claims against its neighbours. has this report:
On Wednesday the United States confirmed the validity of the post-World War Two actions of Czechoslovakia, the most controversial of which was the expulsion of Czechoslovakia's Sudeten German population. The Benes decrees, which sanctioned the expulsion, have long been a point of tension between Czechs and Germans, and now the United States government has made an important ruling. has the details.
It's 55 years since the end of the Second World War, but in a number of cases the issue of punishment for war criminals remains unresolved. Few new cases have emerged in recent years, but now the spokesman of the leading Sudeten German organisation, the Landsmannschaft, has come up with a new angle, demanding that a Czech, Frantisek Foukal, be prosecuted for the massacre of German civilians after the war. has the story.
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