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Czech Republic: Opening up to History

Wariness about ethnic Germans expelled from the Sudetenland in the wake of World War II have long clouded German-Czech relations. Now, one Czech village is determined to combat the fears and clear away the clichés.

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After the Second World War, some three million ethnic Germans had to leave their homes in Czechoslovakia behind and resettle in West Germany or further afield. Most the people who moved into their houses and villages didn’t want to know about the previous residents. The citizens of the tiny village of Dekov are different, are however. They’ve been avidly researching the German history of their region - and helping to overcome the prejudices.