Archived materials of the month

Burning in Kanice

Burning in Kanice

The department of the Security Services Archive in Kanice by Brno attracted the attention of public as well as media because of the infamous “wild discarding” of State Security documents. The building which the Archive uses now was the…

Comrade Maybug

Comrade Maybug

There was not much space to criticize the regime neither in Czechoslovakia nor in the whole Eastern Bloc during the times of the Communist Party rule. Questioning the government’s successes and ridiculing communist statesmen in public was perceived as…

Disinformation

Disinformation

Disinformation and Operative Camouflage in the Czechoslovak People’s Army (CSLA) The Military Intelligence Headquarters collection contains, besides other materials, also those produced by the so-called Committee for Central Control of Disinformation. Its members were the Chief Commander of the…

The Collapse of a Watchtower

The Collapse of a Watchtower

Using watchtowers played an important role in the military guard system of the Czechoslovak state borders with Austria and Germany in 1951–1989. Originally they were a wooden structure with a gallery and guard shelter on top. Later, mainly metal…

Photos of Lída Baarová

Photos of Lída Baarová

When going through the State Security investigation file No. V-553 LB, the lyrics from a particular song by Franz Friedrich Grünbaum could come to the researcher’s mind. Grünbaum sang in a Berlin cabaret in the 1920s: Ich hab das…

Psychotronics in the Czechoslovak People’s Army

Psychotronics in the Czechoslovak People’s Army

Clairvoyance, telepathy or psychokinesis are phenomena that are examined by psychotronics. For many people these are myths or fiction. However, a Minister of National Defence at the communist era, colonel general Milan Václavík, was not so sure about that….

The Last Victim on the Border

The Last Victim on the Border

It will be 30 years in May this year since the tragic moment when as a result of an attempt to cross the borders controlled by the Border Patrol the last person died in the 1948–1989 period, then a…

Death Transports

Death Transports

In April 1974 the State Security Investigation headquarters in Czechoslovakia opened investigation under Sect. 219 of the Penal Code. The file was registered under No. ČVS-VS-6/110-74. Its purpose was to investigate the tragic incidents in April 1945 when those…

Alleged Attacks on the “Father of All Workers”

Alleged Attacks on the “Father of All Workers”

The records of the former State Police tell us that in 1949, two assassination attempts occurred in connection with Prime Minister Antonin Zapotocky’s travels around Eastern Bohemia. The first came in Nachod on 10 January 1949. Early in the…

100 Years Ago in Zvolen

100 Years Ago in Zvolen

The Security Services Archive administers mostly archival materials from the years 1938–1989; nonetheless, it is sometimes possible to find older materials, too. Among the most numerous examples of older archival materials are the event logbooks of the gendarmerie in…