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The Devil's Wall: The Nationalist Youth Mission of Heinz Rutha
Legend has it that twenty miles of volcanic rock rising through the landscape of northern Bohemia was the work of the devil, who separated the warring Czechs and Germans by building a wall. The nineteenth-century invention of the Devil s Wall was evidence of rising ethnic tensions. In interwar Czechoslovakia, Sudeten German nationalists conceived a radical mission to try ...more
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 9th 2012 by Harvard University Press
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This examination of one of the major figures in 1930s Czechoslovakia's Sudeten-German nationalist movement uses a biographical approach in understanding larger historical currents, and, as Ben Frommer has pointed out, "forces us to rethink many of our assumptions" by providing evidence that Sudeten German nationalism grew gradually from local roots and, far from being inspired by and created by the Nazis, often exhibited a different set of beliefs and goals. The analysis of Rutha's life and ...more