Archived materials of the month

Under the Watchful Sight of an Archangel

Under the Watchful Sight of an Archangel

Negatives or photographs lodged in the Security Services Archive in the collections of the Surveillance Directorate do not record just the people who were the so-called “objects” that were kept under surveillance by the State Security, but unintentionally also…

Bubník Suspected

Bubník Suspected

Vlastimil Bubník, a remarkable sportsman-amphibian, who celebrated his success in international ice hockey as well as in football, a hard-to-believe combination for today’s sports world, would be 90 this March. His personality was connected mainly with Brno, where he…

A North Korean Spy

A North Korean Spy

The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea was not a member country of the Warsaw Pact or the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance; still, the Czechoslovak communist regime perceived it as “friendly” and “brotherly”. Nonetheless the activities of the North…

The Intoxicating Karlsbad

The Intoxicating Karlsbad

In course of 1982 the surprised spa guests in Karlovy Vary could see, in the flowerpots in the spa colonnade and in other public spaces, plants of marihuana and cannabis. The historical testimony of this is hidden in the…

State Security in the Mountains

State Security in the Mountains

The State Security was interested – among others – in Jehovah’s Witnesses. During the surveillance of the members of this religious society, the operatives of the 4th department of the Regional Directorate of the SNB in Banská Bystrica spent…

The Agent Hardy

The Agent Hardy

“Good evening, my name is Kovalski. Can I speak to Tony Belehrádek sr.? (…) Can I speak? You are a friend of Václav, aren’t you?” These words are at the beginning of a recorded phone call of a member…

Search for Shelters

Search for Shelters

After the end of WWII systematic search operations took place in Czechoslovakia for places where valuable things, documents, weaponry and ammunition were hidden. This was focused mainly on the areas where the German occupational units including the SS and…

With Kožíšek through Europe

With Kožíšek through Europe

Collection “301”(Investigation Committee for the National and People’s Court at the Ministry of Interior) contains among other materials also extensive documentation of the investigation of the prominent protectorate journalist Antonín Jaromil Kožíšek. Among these materials, we can find a…

Inscriptions on Trains

Inscriptions on Trains

We now commemorate 52 years from the occupation of Czechoslovakia by the Warsaw Pact armies. The first anniversary in August 1969 was an opportunity to demonstrate openly the feelings of some citizens about this sad event. In the Security…

Forward Surveillance

Forward Surveillance

Forward surveillance is a term denoting one of the two main tactic methods when carrying out physical surveillance of a selected person, the so-called “object”, another term used by the communist State Police to define their subject of interest….