Liechtenstein and the international state system against the background of the National Socialist threat in the years 1933-1945

The colloquium will focus on the challenges faced by the German-speaking land-owning families of the inter-war Czechoslovak state whose century old presence in Bohemia and Moravia was disrupted by the National Socialist threat between 1933-45. Recent disputes over restitution have only illuminated the enduring potential of the legacy of those years to cast a shadow across both inter-state relations and the region’s domestic economic development.

PROGRAMME

14:00 Welcome: “Surviving the Nazi Neighbourhood” (Professor Brendan Simms, Peterhouse)

14:15 Introduction: “Benesch and Eden: Some British diplomatic observations on Bohemia 1945” (Richard Bassett, Christ’s College)

14:30 “Sovereignty and Neutrality: Liechtenstein and the international state system against the background of the Nazi threat 1933-1945” (Professor Ulrich Schlie, University of Bonn)

15:30 “The Liechtenstein presence in the Czech lands during World War Two 1939–45” (Dr Vaclav Horčička, Institute of Global History Charles University Prague)

16:30 —Tea Break— 1700 “Czech-German relations during the Nazi protectorate in Bohemia” (Dr Radka Šustrová, University of Cambridge)

18:00 Discussion and final words (Professor Simms)

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