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PostSudeten Germans; Who Suports the AfD? (Nigel Jones, UK, 01/31/19 1:06 pm)
Since Paul Pitlick's original question about the Sudeten Germans, I have done a bit of research around the question.
Although it seems unquestionable that the "Benes decrees" (the legal umbrella under which the Sudetens were expelled in 1945-46) were illegal under UN human rights principles, the pragmatic decision seems to have been taken by post-war West Germany, not to pursue claims for restitution, still less for resettlement of the Sudetens in their original homes. Obviously this was because of the Germans' own monstrous war crimes, not least in Czechoslovakia. No one wished to reopen that can of worms while memories were still raw.
Since German reunification and the subsequent growth of German economic and political power, the sleeping Sudeten dogs have been still left to lie. The emphasis now is on reconciliation, and there have been a few individual instances of some Sudetens visiting their ancestral villages and meeting the new Czech owners in apparent amity. A stark contrast to, say, Israel/Palestine where a similar mass population transfer took place at around the same time.
As to Paul's question on whether old Sudeten discontent contributed to the rise of the AfD, don't think so. Although the AfD increased support even in prosperous Bavaria, where most Sudetens settled, in the recent local Land elections there, as John Eipper wrote, the AfD is strongest in former East Germany, which has remained relatively poor and deprived since unification.
The rise of the AfD, as with other populist parties elsewhere in Europe, has far more to do with a massive protest by those left behind by globalisation and threatened by a mass immigration invasion promoted by the corporate interests who run all our lives.
JE comments: Thanks, Nigel. Speaking of anti-globalization, who can tell us the latest from France and Yellow Vests?