Archived materials of the month

Regular Yet Unusual Training Course

Regular Yet Unusual Training Course

Sometimes a material is found during the cataloguing process that has no direct link to the collection being catalogued, but can still provide interesting information and sometimes also an entertaining piece of reading. An example of this is the…

Summer and Autumn by the Marianska studanka Pilgrimage Site

Summer and Autumn by the Marianska studanka Pilgrimage Site

The so-called Council Renewal Work (“Dilo koncilove obnovy”, abbreviated as DKO) was a revival movement that emerged in the Catholic Church in Czechoslovakia during the so-called 1968 Prague Spring. It strove to fully revive the church life, which had…

Czechoslovakia Invites American Soldiers for Holiday

Czechoslovakia Invites American Soldiers for Holiday

The Security Services Archive (ABS) keeps in custody also materials that hardly anyone would be looking for here. An example of such materials could be the promotional materials published by the Special Services Department of the High Command of…

Dana Zátopková under the Flag of the ‘Red Star’

Dana Zátopková under the Flag of the ‘Red Star’

It was the year 1952, and a pair of Czechoslovak sportsmen was in full control of the 15th Summer Olympics in Helsinki. The Zátopeks won golden medals in one day and in a short interval, something still seen as…

The Klet Mission

The Klet Mission

The collection entitled StB Investigation Headquarters – Investigation Files includes an extensive file, V-3200 CB, for investigation of unidentified culprits who were thought to have committed the crime of subverting the republic. This was based on the fact that…

How to Identify an Anonymous Writer

How to Identify an Anonymous Writer

To identify the anonymous “culprits” – writers of anti-state letters or texts, the State Security used criminology methods that were supposed to help limit the group of possible suspects or directly point to a specific person. Here are some…

The Story of a “Real” Agent

The Story of a “Real” Agent

On 10 November 1965 a brief notice by the Czechoslovak Press Agency emerged in the daily press about the return of a former diplomat, member of the American espionage agency and official of the émigré organisations, Mikuláš Pátek, to…

Caricatures

Caricatures

A collection of 31 caricatures, documented by the photographer Karel Novak (1925–2007) in August 1968 in the streets of Prague, is part of the investigation file no. V-11089 MV, the case of Hubert Stein et al. These caricatures were…

Socialist Work Brigade

Socialist Work Brigade

The idea of the so-called Socialist Work Brigade emerged in the 1950s in the USSR, where the Communist Work Brigade was established in 1958. By the end of the 1950, voices came to be heard of the “unaware people”…

Mobilisation File Filming

Mobilisation File Filming

Last year, extensive acquisition of archival materials created by the former Czechoslovak Foreign Intelligence continued. These materials are reassessed and transferred to the Security Services Archive from the Office for Foreign Relations and Information according to Sect. 14 Par….