Archived materials of the month

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…

A Czechoslovak Archivist in East Africa

A Czechoslovak Archivist in East Africa

When I started two months ago we had no idea about the condition the archive here was in. Now I know a little more … The headquarters are in a small house in the town centre … Not only…

Two Destinies that Went through the Fire

Two Destinies that Went through the Fire

Court files from the collection of the former so-called Study Institute of the Ministry of the Interior No. 141, German courts in the „Reich“, went a long way after they had been created. Nowadays they belong to the most…

All My Compatriots

All My Compatriots

All My Compatriots, or the Case of František Slimáček The 1960s saw a breakthrough in the Czechoslovak cinematography. It was initiated by the arrival of the new young generation of filmmakers, graduates of the Prague Film Faculty of FAMU…

“Normalisation” of Music

“Normalisation” of Music

In the time of the so-called “normalisation of society” in Czechoslovakia, the life of musicians in some particular genres was far from easy. To have a permit for public performances, one had to meet certain regulations: to do the…

Under the Watchful Sight of an Archangel

Under the Watchful Sight of an Archangel

Negatives or photographs lodged in the Security Services Archive in the collections of the Surveillance Directorate do not record just the people who were the so-called “objects” that were kept under surveillance by the State Security, but unintentionally also…