Edvard Beneš, Czechoslovakia and Thomas Mann’s Vision of Democracy
On March 15, 1939, Prague was occupied by German troops. The same day, Thomas Mann met former Czechoslovakian President Edvard Beneš in Chicago. Historian Jan Vondráček tells the story of the friendship between Thomas Mann and Edvard Beneš. The sociologist and politician Beneš not only played an important role in granting Mann Czechoslovakian citizenship, but also had an often overlooked impact on Mann’s understanding of democracy.