Archived materials of the month

Stars Do Not Lie

Stars Do Not Lie

The Czech nation is well known for coping with bad news and events with a unique sense of folk humour. It wasn’t any different after the occupation in 1968, when people didn’t hesitate to write mocking slogans on the…

Demonstration in London

Demonstration in London

Reportedly approximately 300 people, mostly British trade union members, gathered on Sunday 19th August 1979 in Hyde Park, London, to support the normalisation regime in Czechoslovakia. The demonstration was organized by The New Communist Party of Britain (NCP) on…

Dead drops

Dead drops

The following sounds like a description from the world-wide game “geocaching” rather than a quotation from the Communist State Security archive materials: “An inland drop box is usually made in the roots of trees, bases of remote sacral monuments,…

False Idyll

False Idyll

On 20 September 1945 a large deputation of local politicians, officials, army officers, media and photographers came to the internment camp in Kolín. The visit was organised by the camp administrator Bedřich Kárník. Its purpose was to disprove the…

Police Officers Having Fun

The 20 kilometres of archive materials that are lodged with the Security Services Archive sometimes contain something quite unexpected. One of such document sets is also the documentation of sports competitions and celebrations held by the National Security Corps…

Operation VK

Sixty-eight years ago, during the night of 13/14 April, the first stage of the so called “Operation K” (Akce K in Czech) took place in Czechoslovakia. During that night 219 monasteries were forcefully closed by the State Police and…