Following the invasion, about 200,000 Czechs and Slovaks fled the country.
|"In a refugee camp in Traiskirchen, Austria," from http://blisty.cz/art/78657.html|
A common refrain in the online discourse is, "Why don't they stay and fight for their country? What a bunch of cowards."
Today, the online news site Britské listy published the following.
Just an impudent observation on August 21st, writes Iva Pekárková on Facebook.
I look at how many people to this day complain that the Americans didn't come to our aid back then - whether by fault of the Yalta agreement, or because they just turned their backs on us. In the course of a few weeks, refugee dorms and encampments in countries to our west began bursting at the seams with the influx of Czechoslovaks and they didn't stop bursting at the seams for at least a year. Just about the whole world, including some fearless Russians, expressed solidarity with us. (A few years ago I met an aging Indian, still to this day proud that back then he wrote in to an Indian newspaper, saying how much he didn't like that occupation.)