Archived materials of the month

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….

Against Epidemics

Against Epidemics

The state apparatus of the communist Czechoslovakia took care of the health of its staff members. Materials regarding sanitary and epidemiological matters can therefore be found in the Security Services Archive. For example, on 25 July 1955 the minister…

The Red Warning Flag

The Red Warning Flag

The collection of State Security Investigation Headquarters – Investigation Files includes, under no. V-2522 CB, an investigation file with an unknown offender who allegedly should have committed the offence of defaming a state of the world’s socialist system. The…

Operation Alfa

Operation Alfa

The topic of illegal migration was a major issue in the past, especially during the Cold war when thousands of people tried to get from the East to the West. There were many ways and means of transport used…

In the Case of Another World War

In the Case of Another World War

2nd Dept. of the Staff Headquarters and Its Predictions of Development in Czechoslovakia’s Neighbouring States Every state establishes its intelligence services, and such was also the case of post-war Czechoslovakia that found itself, or actually continued to be, surrounded…

The Stauber Case

The Stauber Case

This archival material of the month deals with one case of death at the state border in October 1949 and its later investigation in 1954. The text is based especially on the materials that are part of the archival…