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"Malenkij robot" a plány o československom národnom štáte
Forced Labour of Hungarians in the Soviet Union and Plans on Czechoslovak Nation State

Author(s): Attila Simon
Subject(s): WW II and following years (1940 - 1949), Cold-War History, Ethnic Minorities Studies
Published by: Fórum Kisebbségkutató Intézet
Keywords: malenkij robot;forced labour;Southern Slovakia;repatriacja;nation state building
Summary/Abstract: This study details how forced labour of Hungarians in the Soviet Union - also referred to as "málenkij robot" meaning "little work" in Russian - affected Hungarians in Slovakia. The author provides a short introduction to the historiography of the subject and outlines the history of abductions, but the study's core rests with the examination of what was the attitude of the Czechoslovak government toward the repatriation of Hungarians abducted from the territory of the then northern Hungary, currently southern Slovakia. The author observes that the Prague government pursued a selective repatriation policy and it made every effort to prelude their return to their homeland. That means the abducted Hungarian population of southern Slovakia became victim of the autocratic Soviet power and, at the same time, of the ambitions to build a Czechoslovak nation state.

  • Page Range: 67-78
  • Page Count: 12
  • Publication Year: 2017
  • Language: Slovak