CZECHOSLOVAKIA’S DIRTY, SOCIALIST PAST


The Czech Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes now has  a link to the Secret Services Archives from the Communist (1945-1990) era.  Good place to go for any interested persons to discover the dirt…

…if you’re strong enough, that is.  Imagine the chagrin of literary-minded persons when they found out that Milan Kundera (the Unbearable Lightness of Being, etc.) had allegedly been an informer, having reported to the secret police a young Czech pilot, Miroslav Dvořáček.

Such denunciations, which had the potential for ruining people’s lives, took place too many times during the Communist era.  The report of Kundera’s denunciation may or may not be true (Kundera denies it), but the affair certainly illustrates the moral compromises that  people had to make on a daily basis to survive, too often at the expense of others.

This is an indelible feature of the true face of socialism.  For a comprehensive illustration of how this perverse system worked, I heartily recommend the German film The Lives of Others.

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About Michael J. Kubat

I'm a grumpy Czech-born clinical social worker who is vitally interested in the survival in the United States as a viable democracy and a beacon of hope for the rest of the world.
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