Foreign Citizens' Exit Options in Pre-WW II Czechoslovakia #austria-czech

samorai <samorai@...>

Monica Leonards is puzzled as to why some US citizens left Czechoslovakia
after 1938 and others did not. The answers may reside in the official
intricacies of passport holding or in personal considerations. Many,
including STEINER and KLEIN may have been unwilling to leave elderly parents
or others behind and of course many did not believe that the Czechosolvak
officials would implement Nazi policy. The passport regulation issue
requires expertise which I lack. I can tell you of the case of a Czech-born
cousin of mine who took out Canadian citizenship and was deprived
automatically by the Czech Government of his Czech citizenship in 1931.
Thus, dual nationality was not permitted. A copy of this deprivation of
citizenship is in my possession. I can speculate, on no foundation,
however, that perhaps in the case of Monica's cousin who did return with
family to the US, no changes would be made in the children's passport or
citizen status until they would come of age, and on this account they
maintained their US citizenship. Thus, the family was received at the US
consulate in Prague. But I can think of many bureaucratic reasons why this
would not hold.

To pursue this, you might try to contact the Land Emigration Bureau through
the Police Headquarters in Prague [sorry, I have no particulars for an
address]. I can't say that this will be easy without local Prague help, but
if successful, might show status changes for the cousins who left in 1938,
as well as earlier status changes when they returned in 1920s.

Paul King

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