Welcome to Episode 14 of Cold War Conversations.
Today we have with us Lani Seelinger of Socialism Realised which is an excellent website and learning environment that uses multimedia content as teaching aids about the communist regimes in Europe. Using the Czechoslovak example, they describe the specifics of life in the Eastern bloc. Their material attempts to bring the experiences, thoughts, feelings and problems of people who lived during this era to life. Their aim is to reproduce the complexities and dilemmas of life under communism. I do recommend you check them out at www.Socialismrealised.eu
In today’s episode we return to Czechoslovakia and one of the most iconic moments of the Cold War – The Prague Spring of 1968.
Some of you will have seen the film of Alexander Dubcek and the adoring crowds as well as the powerful images of the Warsaw Pact invasion. Our chat shows that beneath those images there’s more nuances and I hope you find the episode insightful and entertaining.
I am delighted to welcome Lani Seelinger.
Contemporary Film of the Prague Spring
Soundtrack to the Prague Spring
Karel Gott in 1968:
Tausend Fenster, which he oddly sang in German, representing Austria in Eurovision in 1968
Marta Kubišová in 1968:
Modlitba pro Martu (Prayer for Marta), which the opening of the video says is the “song of the year”: