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Králové Šumavy
The kings of Šumava

Author(s): Pavel Fencl, Martin Tichý, Markéta Doležalová , Libor Svoboda, Václav Veber, Petr Blažek, Petr Mallota, Martin Jindra
Subject(s): Geography, Regional studies, Regional Geography, Historical Geography, Social history, Recent History (1900 till today), Special Historiographies:, Post-War period (1950 - 1989), History of Communism, Cold-War History, Penal Policy
Published by: Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů
Keywords: Czechoslovakia; Bohemian Forest; the Iron Curtain; courier; smuggler; communist regime; exhibitions; exhibition cataloges;
Summary/Abstract: The twenty-panel exhibition recalls the activities of couriers and smugglers who, in the western Šumava region, risked their lives to help Czechoslovak citizens on their way to the free world. The Iron Curtain: post-war Europe was divided by the Iron Curtain. Czechs running for freedom tried to overcome this guarded space by various means. The luckier ones succeeded, others were detained or killed. What did the border guard look like? What is the balance sheet of the iron curtain? Detention and investigative methods: the State Security became a powerful support of the communist regime, which participated in mass lawlessness, persecution and repression. She followed real opponents of the regime, but also produced them herself. What methods did she use? Did she treat women better than men? Prison: the StB secret prison in Wintrová Street in Prague was used to extract intelligence from arrested couriers and their own associates.

  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-80-87211-62-5
  • Page Count: 109
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Language: Czech, German