Archived materials of the month

100 Years Ago in Zvolen

100 Years Ago in Zvolen

The Security Services Archive administers mostly archival materials from the years 1938–1989; nonetheless, it is sometimes possible to find older materials, too. Among the most numerous examples of older archival materials are the event logbooks of the gendarmerie in…

Disinformation in Guinea

Disinformation in Guinea

One of the tasks of the Czechoslovak Foreign Intelligence was also to spread “active” or “passive” disinformation, which was called a “active measure” according to the terminology in use then. The forged document we have chosen to present this…

Units have been Drinking …

Units have been Drinking …

As evidence of the time served with the Border Patrol units, we can use not only resources of an operative nature but also resources pertaining to the everyday activities of the political apparatus of the border patrol brigades. The…

Mother Teresa’s Visit

Mother Teresa’s Visit

34 years ago, in November 1984, a nun from India, Albanian by origin, the founder and superior of the Missionaries of Charity and laureate of the Nobel prize, Agnesë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu, known more as Mother Teresa, visited Czechoslovakia for…

Socialist Munich

Socialist Munich

On 16 October 1968 the Czechoslovak Prime Minister Oldrich Cernik and the Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union Alexei Kosygin signed a treaty between the government of the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic and the government of…

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…