The Act of Killing – Töten auf tschechische Art

Expelled ethnic Germans, December 1945
Czech Television (CT) recently released a documentary film showing atrocities committed on German civilians in post-war Czechoslovakia. Civil engineer Jirí Chmelnicek's film lay hidden for decades in an aluminum canister, shot with an 8 mm camera on May 10 1945, in the Prague district of Borislavka. Communist police asked about the film and threatened Chmelnicek. But he didn't turn over his reel. Jirí Chmelnicek wanted the world eventually to learn what had been done to defenseless people that day in May in Borislavka. His camera caught groups of Germans, who had been driven out of their houses and into Kladenska Street by Red Army soldiers and Czech communists. Chmelnicek's film shows how the Germans were rounded up in a nearby movie theater, also called the Borislavka. Shots ring out and, one after another, each person in the line slumps and falls forward over a low embankment. The injured lying on the ground begs for mercy. Then a Red Army truck rolls up, its tires crushing dead and wounded alike. Later other Germans can be seen, forced to dig a mass grave in the meadow. Notice: The following link contains material not suitable for anyone under 18 years of age: Töten auf tschechische ArtA law, passed by the Czech authorities (the Beneš decrees: Act No. 115/1946 Coll) stated that all Czech crimes against ethnic Germans were not legible to penalty. See: Killing, the Czech Way. Image: one of a series of photos showing the only survivors of an original 150 ethnic Germans who walked from Litzmannstadt or Łódź in Poland to Berlin huddle in blankets, on December 14 1945. Contact sheets reveal that the child, second from the right, died during the photo session. Credit: Sanna Dullaway. Fair use.

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