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Student February 1948

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  • Where: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 110 00
  • When: February 27, 2018, 19:00 – 21:00

The Czechoslovak Communists’ rise to power and subsequent destruction of the state played out from at least 1945. February 1948 saw Communist efforts to seize power reach a climax, leading to not just a denial of all of the principles on which Czechoslovakia stood during the First Republic but also the complete disintegration of society. One immediate response to the Communist repression was a student march in February 1948. This subject will be explored by the writer and publisher Jiří Padevět and the historian Petr Koura. 

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Diary entry for 26. April 2005, To the Castle and Back

„And here we are once more on the subject of Czech small-mindedness. Look after Number One, don’t get mixed up in other people’s business, keep your head down, don’t look up – we’re surrounded by mountains and those whirlwinds from the outside world will blow over our heads and we can go on burrowing in our little backyard. How many wise essays or books have been written about his domestic self-absorption of ours!“

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