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The False Dutchman

The False Dutchman

In spring 1993 an inconspicuous man came to the Czech Republic from Great Britain, unnoticed by the media. Hardly anybody was aware that this man was an officer of the I. Directorate of Security Corps – the foreign intelligence…

OPERATION NORBERT

OPERATION NORBERT

Shortly after the changes that began on 17 November 1989 it was not certain at all whether the regime would use its power against the rising protests. In such case, plans to carry out special security operations would be…

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…