Pax Germanica : Bohemia and Moravia under Heydrich, 1941-1942 / Albert Schmidt.
This monograph aims to elucidate the role of the Czechs in the Nazi world view by examining Germanization policy in Bohemia and Moravia under Reichsprotektor Reinhard Heydrich. It was during the Heydrichiciáda that this role took definitive shape and the corresponding policy intensified. SS-Obergruppenführer Heydrich and a small clique of SS associates devised a fundamentally inclusive Germanization policy toward the Czechs in order to maximize the area and number of people under direct SS control. Since, according to Adolf Hitler, racial aliens could never be made German, it became necessary for Heydrich to promote the idea that most Czechs were of German ancestry and that they would be re-Germanized. Czech culture and language, rather than the Czechs themselves, were to be destroyed. Because of the unique, absolute power of the office of Reichsprotektor and his influential SS position, Heydrich was able to implement this far-reaching Germanization policy over the objections of Party and State officials. The demographic engineering in this area became an internal SS matter. These findings are supported by research pursued at archives in the Czech Republic, the Federal Republic of Germany, and the United States. Documents from these archives of official and personal provenance enable this monograph to take account of all the various aspects of Germanization in the Czech lands. Only a comprehensive approach to Heydrich's Germanization policy could reveal its implication for the Czechs and the integrity of Nazi racial theory.
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