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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….

“Vysočanský” Congress

“Vysočanský” Congress

In May 1968 the leadership of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia under Alexander Dubček decided to summon an extraordinary congress that should have been held on 9th September 1968. At the turn of June the elections of delegates…

The 1980 Summer Olympics

The 1980 Summer Olympics

The Games of the XXII Olympiad in 1980 took place in a disturbed geopolitical situation. They were intended as a presentation of the successes of the Soviet Union as the organising country and other states of the former Eastern…

Relocation of the Church

Relocation of the Church

Relocation of the Church in Most At the end of the 1950s the lignite mines in the Most region reached almost to the very borders of the town of Most. In 1964 the Czechoslovak government issued a decision to…