Archived materials of the month

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…

Disinformation in Guinea

Disinformation in Guinea

One of the tasks of the Czechoslovak Foreign Intelligence was also to spread “active” or “passive” disinformation, which was called a “active measure” according to the terminology in use then. The forged document we have chosen to present this…

Units have been Drinking …

Units have been Drinking …

As evidence of the time served with the Border Patrol units, we can use not only resources of an operative nature but also resources pertaining to the everyday activities of the political apparatus of the border patrol brigades. The…

Mother Teresa’s Visit

Mother Teresa’s Visit

34 years ago, in November 1984, a nun from India, Albanian by origin, the founder and superior of the Missionaries of Charity and laureate of the Nobel prize, Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, known more as Mother Teresa, visited Czechoslovakia for…

Socialist Munich

Socialist Munich

On 16 October 1968 the Czechoslovak Prime Minister Oldrich Cernik and the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union Alexei Kosygin signed a treaty between the government of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the government of…