Sixty Eight

created: 2014

August 21st of 1968 is a black day in Czech history. On the night of 20–21 August 1968, the Soviet Union and its main allies in the Warsaw Pact—Bulgaria, Hungary, East Germany, and Poland—invaded the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic in order to halt Alexander Dubček's Prague Spring political liberalisation reforms. Approximately 500 Czechs and Slovaks were wounded and 108 killed in the invasion. One of the key battles was for the control of Czech Radio, similar to the one that took place at the end of the Second World War. Fifteen Prague citizens and radio employees lost their lives in the clash with Soviet armed forces, who eventually seized the building. Although radio broadcasting continued from other locations and thats where story of this web starts.

Historical photos from Ústav pro studium totalitních režimů