• Short Summary

    THE SUDETANLAND - FOREVER LINKED WITH ADOLF HITLER'S TERRITORIAL AMBITIONS THAT LED TO WORLD WAR II - MADE THE WEST GERMAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES ON JUNE 10TH WHEN 300,000 SUDETAN GERMANS, TWICE AS MANY AS WERE EXPECTED, TURNED UP IN FRANKFURT FOR A MASS RALLY ORGANISED IN THE FAIR-GROUND BY THE SUDETAN REFUGEE ORGANISATION.

  • Description

    THE SUDETANLAND - FOREVER LINKED WITH ADOLF HITLER'S TERRITORIAL AMBITIONS THAT LED TO WORLD WAR II - MADE THE WEST GERMAN NEWSPAPER HEADLINES ON JUNE 10TH WHEN 300,000 SUDETAN GERMANS, TWICE AS MANY AS WERE EXPECTED, TURNED UP IN FRANKFURT FOR A MASS RALLY ORGANISED IN THE FAIR-GROUND BY THE SUDETAN REFUGEE ORGANISATION.

    THE RALLY - ITS SLOGAN "THROUGH JUSTICE TO FREEDOM" - ENDS ON JUNE 12TH AND INCLUDES SPEECHES, FESTIVE GATHERINGS, TORCHLIGHT PROCESSIONS, SUDETAN GERMAN FOLK ART AND PRODUCTS, SPORTS CONTEST AND OTHER YOUTH ACTIVITIES.

    ADDRESSING THE CROWD, DR. HANS SEEBOHM, THE SUDETAN GERMAN'S SPOKESMAN, AND MINISTER OF TRANSPORT IN THE WEST GERMAN GOVERNMENT, SAID THAT THE PURPOSE OF THE RALLY WAS TO AWAKEN THE ATTENTION OF WORLD OPINION ONCE AGAIN. THE SUDETAN GERMANS WERE NOT FILLED WITH HATE OR A DESIRE FOR REVENGE. THEY HAD FORCED THEMSELVES THROUGH THE DIFFICULT YEARS OF WANT AND DISPOSSESSION TO JUDGE THEIR EVICTION FROM THE HOMELAND IN RATHER DIFFERENT TERMS.

    ABOUT 3,500,000 SUDETAN GERMANS LIVED IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA IN A FRINGE OF TERRITORY JUST BEYOND THE GERMAN FRONTIER. BEFORE WORLD WAR 1, THESE GERMANS HAD BEEN AUSTRIAN SUBJECTS. THEY WERE GIVEN TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA BY THE PEACE TREATIES BECAUSE OF HISTORICAL AND STRATEGIC CONSIDERATIONS. BUT ONCE HITLER CAME TO POWER IN 1933, SUDETAN LEADERS, ENCOURAGED BY THE GERMAN DICTATOR'S SUCCESSFUL ANNEXATION OF AUSTRIA, BEGAN TO AGITATE FOR ANNEXATION BY GERMANY. ON SEPTEMBER 30, 1938, THE MUNICH ACCORD WAS SIGNED BY BRITAIN, FRANCE, GERMANY AND ITALY UNDER WHICH GERMAN ARMIES WERE ALLOWED TO OCCUPY THE SUDETANLAND. HITLER MORE THAN ONCE DECLARED THAT THE SUDETANLAND REPRESENTED "HIS LAST TERRITORIAL AMBITIONS IN EUROPE." BUT WITHIN A YEAR, GERMAN FORCES OCCUPIED CZECHOSLOVAKIA, ENTERED POLAND, AND WORLD WAR II BEGAN.

    THE PEOPLE OF GERMAN NATIONALITY STILL IN CZECHOSLOVAKIA TODAY ARE THE REMNANTS OF THE 3,500,000 WHO WERE INCORPORATED INTO THE GERMAN REICH BY HITLER. THIS WAS DONE BY A "COLLECTIVE" EDICT IN OCTOBER, 1938. WHEN THE SUDETANLAND WAS RETURNED TO CZECHOSLOVAKIA AFTER WORLD WAR II, THE GREAT MAJORITY OF THE SUDETAN GERMANS WERE FORCED TO LEAVE THEIR HOMES AND CROSS INTO GERMANY. THOSE WHO REMAINED WERE DEPRIVED OF THEIR GERMAN NATIONALITY AND BECAME STATELESS PERSONS. IN 1953, HOWEVER, THE CZECH GOVERNMENT DECIDED TO GIVE THEM CZECHOSLOVAKIAN NATIONALITY. THIS TOO, WAS DONE BY MEANS OF COLLECTIVE EDICT. ON NONE OF THESE OCCASIONS, IN 1938, 1945 AND 1953, WERE THE SUDETAN GERMANS ASKED INDIVIDUALLY WHAT NATIONALITY THEY WANTED.

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA38WF6XSLQVUA3H06LNLWO16DD
    Media URN:
    VLVA38WF6XSLQVUA3H06LNLWO16DD
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/06/1962
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:24:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

Comments (0)

We always welcome comments and more information about our films.
All posts are reactively checked. Libellous and abusive comments are forbidden.

Add your comment