Photo Exhibition: Prague Through the Lens of the Secret Police

August 20, 2009 // 1:00pm2:00pm
Event Co-sponsors: 
History and Public Policy Program
International Security Studies

The photo exhibition Prague through the Lens of the Secret Police features a selection of never before seen photographs and films of "subjects of interest" taken secretly by the Czechoslovak State Security Service's Surveillance Directorate during the "normalization" era of hard-line socialist entrenchment which followed the 1968 Soviet-led occupation of Czechoslovakia.

The exhibition, created by the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes and the Security Services Archive in connection with the 20th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, aims to unveil the mechanisms by which state agent operatives tailed Czechoslovak citizens, emigrés and foreigners--using variously disguised miniature cameras concealed in briefcases, a playing transistor radio, lighter, inkstand, or even a baby carriage--as well as the results of their efforts in the state prescribed "struggle against the internal adversary."

The exhibition will be open for visitors at the Woodrow Wilson Center August 20 to September 20, 10am to 4pm. The opening of the exhibition and presentation of the eponymous book will be introduced by Pavel Zacek, director of the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, Ladislav Bukovszky, director of the Security Services Archive and Jiri Ellinger of the Czech Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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