An event that would have been deemed an unacceptable provocation a few years ago is now set to take place in the city of Pilsen. From the 1st to the 3rd of August, several dozen members of the German Christian organization Ackermann Gemeinde will participate in the first ever gathering of Sudeten Germans on Czech soil since their expulsion in the aftermath of World War 2. "German-Czech relations have undergone some major changes" comments Respekt. "On the Czech side, the response has mainly been silence — but there has been no protest" reports the Prague weekly, which also notes that since it was established in 1946, Ackermann Gemeinde has always distinguished itself from other organizations representing Germans deported from Czechoslovakia. Whereas other groups attempted to obtain compensation, Ackermann Gemeinde sought to re-establish good relations with Czechs, and spoke openly of Nazi war crimes.
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