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Daily life in Communism

Daily life in Communism 13. 11. 2014 | 10:57

Everyone knows communism was a dark era in the history of Slovakia, then Czechoslovakia. Katarina Richterova talks to Marína Zavacká from the historical institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences abou ...

Fear Came with the First Sirens

Fear Came with the First Sirens 12. 11. 2014 | 13:00

26 years ago, thousands of people went out onto the streets of Bratislava, lit candles and gathered for a quiet prayer ... and the police charged against them with batons and water cannons ... this was ...

Then some uninvited guests came and stayed for two decades

Then some uninvited guests came and stayed for two decades 12. 11. 2014 | 12:08

On the night of August 20, 1968 the armies from five Warsaw Pact countries crossed the border into the former Czechoslovakia. During the invasion, Soviet tanks occupied the streets. 72 Czechs and Slova ...

We promised to love each other

We promised to love each other 11. 11. 2014 | 14:27

With the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the fall of the communist regime in then Czechoslovakia, and the so called Velvet Revolution that peaked on November the 17th, 1989, we bring you a special collection of reports that paint a picture of life in communism and what its end meant for Slovaks. Life in pre-war Czechoslovakia was good. The country’s economy was doing very well after it had inherited about three quarters of the industry from the former Austro-Hungarian Empire when it ...

Political Prisoners Calling for Justice

Political Prisoners Calling for Justice 11. 11. 2014 | 13:03

It is illegal in Slovakia to deny the crimes of the fascist or Nazi regime, or to claim there was no Holocaust that claimed the lives of millions of people. Now, denying the crimes of the communist reg ...

Every day we survived was a victory

Every day we survived was a victory 11. 11. 2014 | 13:02

In mid-July 2013 Slovaks buried one of their last survivors of the Soviet Gulag-Jan Košut. Born in Central Slovakia in 1926, Košut was one of about 7,000 Slovaks who experienced first-hand the horrors of Stalin’s forced labour camps in the 40s and 50s.

First and Only Slovak Child Spy Talks

First and Only Slovak Child Spy Talks 11. 11. 2014 | 12:52

The Czechoslovak state security - the ŠTB, which operated during the time of communism, used following, wiretapping, pressure, and blackmailing as a common practice. Moreover, they recruited, trained a ...

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