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Das Egerland



A scarce map was printed by the émigré Sudeten Germans in Baden-Württemberg, showcasing their native land Egerland, in today’s Czech Republic.

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 A pictorial map in German language showcases the Egerland, a westernmost region of today’s Czech Republic. The map is surrounded with coats of arms of the local cities and towns, and with images of a German house and costumes of the region. 

The text on the right-hand side criticizes the “violent expulsion” of the Germans from Egerland and Bohemia in 1945 and 1946, after the many centuries of their living in the region.The text is written in German Gothic script, a script still taught at schools until 1941. In the following decades the script was usually used in a content of reminiscing the past.

Egerland was in the past centuries inhabited by a large percentage of Germans, called the Sudeten Germans. After the rise of the popularity of the Nazi party in the early 1930s, many Sudeten Germans sided with Hitler, hoping to join Germany. In 1938, Egerland was annexed to Germany, causing an expulsion of many Czech families.

After WWII, the almost all Sudenten Germans, approximately 3 million altogether, were expelled from the new Czechoslovakia as traitors. Many Germans were also killed.

This map was published by the Sudeten Germans in exile in Germany, as an appendix to their publication Jahrbuch der Egerländer (Yearbook of the Egerlanders).


References: OCLC 40661562 &631942830.

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