Teaching Case - Judging Collaborators in Post-Communist Europe: The Difficult Case of Jan Kavan (Epilogue)

Judging Collaborators in Post-Communist Europe: The Difficult Case of Jan Kavan (Epilogue)


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  • Product Description

    This is a 1-page epilogue to HKS Case 1284.0. When democratization comes to the Czech Republic, the nation's newly-emerging political system faces a powerful ethical problem. How should it deal with those who participated in, or were involved with, the former Communist regime? Like other former Warsaw Pact countries, the Czech Republic ultimately develops a "lustration" policy designed either to bar or allow one's political participation. This policy comes under pressure, however, when a former leading exiled dissident named Jan Kavan comes under fire for allegedly having aided the former regime. The ambiguity of Kavan's saga frames a difficult ethics discussion.

  • Other Details

    Publication Date: June 01, 1995
    Teaching Plan: Available with Educator Access
    HKS Case Number: 1284.1
    Case Author: Robert P. Beschel, Jr. and Esther Scott
    Pages (incl. exhibits): 1
    Setting: Czech Republic
    Language: English
    Funding Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
    _year: Older than 2000
    _pages: 1-15
    _geography: Europe
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