"Home" as a place of temporary return. First trips of German displaced people to Czechoslovakia

Date of Publication:

2018-06-25

Abstract:

The study is focuses on the phenomenon of so-called home tourism of German-speaking people who have been forcibly displaced in 1945 from Czechoslovakia and now they live in different places of the Federal Republic of Germany. The first illegal border crossings occurred immediately after forced displacement. The first legal travel to Czechoslovakia can be seen from the second half of the 1950s as a response to releasing the Czechoslovak tourism policy, the issuing of visas to foreigners and improving the economic situation of displaced persons. This text focuses on the narrative reflection of these specific kind of trips, ie the stay in the "old home" by the actors of this type of tourism. Through biographical narrative interviews, the author looks for the importance attributed to these 'places of return' which have undergone a significant social and cultural transformation during the absence of displaced persons.

Keywords:

Forced displacement;German-speaking population;Czechoslovakia;tourism;home;qualitative research

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