35 Years Ago

Tonight marks the anniversary of the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. It’s been 35 years since that fateful day, and I never get tired of hearing about it from people who were there and experienced it firsthand.

Someone once told me that the timing of the invasion was expertly considered, because everybody would be out at their cottages, lessening any kind of potential resistance.

Seeing how many changes have occurred since then, it’s hard to imagine what it must have been like to feel the rumble of tanks on their streets, or to hear Alexander Dubček stuttering in his address to the Czechoslovak nation.

The Special Collections Library at the University of Michigan has assembled a number of posters and other materials from this period, and it’s both fascinating and a little creepy. It’s also odd to see magazines like Vlasta and Květy running such stridently anti-invasion articles. The only things I thought their editors got worked up about were recipes, but I’m glad to be proven wrong.

České noviny has a good collection of articles today as well (in Czech), and Radio Praha has a good wrap-up as well.

Is it me or did the Prague Post miss it? They usually have at least a piece by Alan Levy.

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