Because my history introduction is so poor, you should see
more about Czech & Slovak history on these sites:
[E] What were Hitlers plan in the case that Czechoslovak
army would resist in 1938? Have a look at the "The
Execution of the Plan to Invade Czechoslovakia"
[E] A couple of touching images say more than thousand
words about the Soviet invasion in
[E, C] Charter 77 was civil-rights declaration around which
a major dissent "organization" emerged. Later in the 80s, Czech Helsinki Committee was formed to advocate
for the civil rights in Czechoslovakia.
[E] The last "drop" that initiated forming of C77
was a government's repression against psychedelic bands. See an article about the most
important of them -- The Plastic
People of the Universe. The PPU were a part of the "Other Culture", a kind
of passive resistance through art. A well-researched paper "ABNORMALIZATION:
CULTURAL RESISTANCE TO THE BREZHNEV DOCTRINE." tells you more.
[E, C] The only other site related directly to the Novemeber '89 is Sunsite Czech Republic.
A lot of very impressive images can be found there (I use some of them at this site).
Let's see what's happening after the November 1989!
[C] One of the few ways the new Czechoslovak goverment tried to handle
those who actively participated in the totalitarian regime was a controversial
"lustration law", excluding these people from certain official posts. Its text
is available in Czech.
[E] Another look at the transformation -- focusing on the spiritual development -- is
provided by a famous Czech catholic priest and intellectual Tomas Halik in his paper "Post-Communism and Its
[C, E] Online exhibition of a cartoonist Mr. Jirasek provides another point of
view to the transformation.
[E] Many people think that Slovakia is somewhat returning to the
totalitarian style of government. The Slovak students tried to
express their anger about the development on a demonstration on Novemeber 17, 1994.
[E] A real lot of silly (I really mean it) activities and businesses
emerged, too. Check out this stupidity, for example,
about selling our girls abroad.
I know, I know. It's not directly related to the 11/17/89,
but I cannot resist the temptation to create a first list ever of homepages of the
Czech/Slovak students and professors living permanently or temporarily abroad. After all,
we wouldn't be here if the Iron Curtain would be still on.
[E, C] Jan Culík is a
Czech journalist teaching in the UK. There are many interesting resources on his page.
[E, C] Vaclav
Polásek is a Ph.D student in the Department of Economics at Queen's University,
[E] Václav Vetvicka,
PhD, is an Assistant Professor at Department of Pathology in Kentucky.
[E] Jana Vetvicková
works as a Research Technologist II on the same place. Oh, and she's the first female to
be in this list.
[E] Radek Tezaur is a
PhD student at Center for Computational Mathematics, Department of Mathematics of
University of Colorado at Denver.
[E] Short CV's of the following professors: Jan Kucera (Washington State
Uni.), Jan Vilcek (N.Y. Uni.), Eva Fifková (Uni. of
Colorado) and Martin Tolar
(University of Cincinnati). All these are in the USA.
[E] We've got a couple of high-school students in the USA! Check out the
homepage of Jan Závada.
[E] If you're a Czech
student living abroad you may want to let other know about yourself on this page (and, of course, here as