Czechoslovakian civilian in Czechoslovakia, 1955-1989
REEL 1 Recollections of period as civilian in Czechoslovakia, 1955-1989: family origins; family circumstances; education; joining the Geographical Society; memories of Prague Spring, 1968; suicide protest of student Jan Palach, 19/1/1969; Russian military intervention, 1968; attitudes towards Soviet Union and Communism after 1968; refusal to join Communist Party; influence of membership of Communist Party on education and careers; politicised nature of education.
REEL 2 Continues: obtaining information from Austrian television, Radio Free Europe and Voice of America; lack of consumer goods and growth of blackmarket; restrictions on travel; travel within Eastern Europe; story of visit to Riga in Soviet Union, 8/1988; living conditions for civilians in Soviet Union; collecting 'Perestroika' posters in Soviet Union; attitude of Czech Communist leadership towards Mikhail Gorbachev; demonstrations in Wenceslas Square in Prague in 1988 and 1989; signing petitions; activities of underground movement.
REEL 3 Continues: membership of 'Jazz Section' of underground movement; reading forbidden literature; collecting posting documenting underground activity; membership of Jonas Club; Vaclav Haval's announcement of general strike, 18/11/1989; student demonstrations; support for general strike; distribution of leaflets; watching Vaclav Havel and supporters on television; opinion of Vaclav Haval; work on exhibitions 'Art as Activist' and 'Sign of the Times'; difficulties of collecting Communist posters.
REEL 4 Continues: search for Communist posters in Soviet Union; role of posters in Communist countries. Recollections of period as civilian in Czech Republic, 1990-2000: changes in Czechoslovakia after revolution in 1989; continued influence of old Communists in Czech Republic; lack of influence of President Vaclav Havel in 2000; attitude of Czech people towards politics and elections in Czech Republic, 2000; positive and negatives changes in education; economic situation in Czech Republic after fall of Communism; relations between Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia from 1960s; question of division of Czechoslovakia; impact of tourism after fall of Communism; changes in cultural life after Communism.
REEL 5 Continues: impact of opening of secret police files; nature of politics in Czech Republic; attitude of Czech Republic towards membership of European Union and NATO.