Cover Osteuropa 1/2011

In Osteuropa 1/2011

Views of an Emigrant
From the “American Dream” to the “American Experience”

Peter Steiner

Deutsche Fassung


For most emigrants, the dream of America had a very material basis. Not curiosity, but sheer duress spurred them on. Those who came from Communist Czechoslovakia were searching for something else: Their own experience with a country that was forbidden and admired in their homeland.

(Osteuropa 1/2011, pp. 93–96)