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The Communist Coup , and Fleeing Czechoslovakia for Exile in the West

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7134 Farm Station Road

Warrenton, VA 20187

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Your country is freed from the Nazis and then quickly taken over by the Communists. Exile in the West and the camps await. The real story.

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WHAT WAS IT LIKE TO HAVE TO FLEE YOUR HOME,

WITH YOUR COUNTRY PASSING FROM ONE AUTHORITARIAN REGIME TO ANOTHER?

ASK AN EXPERT CZECH HISTORIAN WHAT THAT MEANT FOR ONE EAST EUROPEAN COUNTRY

AND ITS PEOPLE.

The Cold War Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, invites you to attend a presentation by noted Czech historian Martin Nekola, an expert on the early Cold War, on

From One Master to Another:

Post-War Czechoslovakia, Fleeing the Communist Coup, and Life as a Cold War Exile

Czechoslovakia was liberated from the Nazis in May 1945, but one authoritarian regime rapidly replaced the previous one as sovietization and the increasing domination of the Communist party took place. The Communists completed the takeover in February 1948 and their totalitarian regime lasted for more than four decades.

After the takeover, thousands of Czechs and Slovaks (up to 300,000 between 1948-1989) seeking the return of freedom and democracy to their homeland fled to the West. Their first steps in the Free World brought them into the so-called displaced persons camps in the Western occupation zones of Germany and Austria or in Italy. The first periodicals were published, and the first seeds of political activity were born and later developed by numerous exile groups and entities. Almost seven dozen newspapers, magazines, and newsletters, and nearly one hundred ninety Czech institutions, including political organizations, parties, academic clubs, and think-tanks, operated in the Free World after 1948.

Despite a promising start and international support, the so-called Council of Free Czechoslovakia, meant as the umbrella body for the country’s entire exile community, writhed in crisis, fell apart, and reunited again. Its members were wasting time with endless quarrels and were continuously losing the confidence of the exile public and their donors from the U.S. government. As time passed, the atmosphere in the exile community changed, with new topics, challenges, and leaders being raised. Dr. Nekola will discuss all aspects of the Czechoslovak Cold War exile, with a particular focus on the USA.

Dr. Martin Nekola, Ph.D. received his doctorate in political science at the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. He spent several months as a post-doctoral research fellow at Columbia University and received a number of research grants in the USA. His research is focused on non-democratic regimes, the era of Communism, Czech communities abroad, and East-European anti-communist exiles in the USA in the early the Cold War. From time to time he participates in election observation missions organized by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). He is the author of more than three hundred articles and has published twelve books. He is also the Czechoslovak Talks Project (www.czechoslovaktalks.com/en) coordinator, and he works closely with the Bohemian National Hall in New York City.

This is the twenty-seventh in a series of presentations sponsored by the Museum, in cooperation with Old Bust Head Brewing Company, featuring expert eyewitnesses to significant Cold War events and activities. Presentations occur at the Brewery, followed by special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants.

Date: Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019.

(NOTE: FOR THOSE WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE THIS PRESENTATION BUT CANNOT ATTEND BECAUSE THEY ARE AT A DISTANCE, HAVE A CONFLICT, ETC., THEY MAY BUY A TICKET VIA EVENTBRITE LIKE ATTENDEES, THEN ACCESS THE EVENT VIDEO ONLINE AFTER THE EVENT VIA A LINK THAT CWM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR JASON HALL WILL SEND THEM. TO ARRANGE, EMAIL JASON AT JASON@COLDWAR.ORG.)

Time: 2:00 PM. (Arrival: 1:30-2:00PM.)

Cost: $35, including the presentation; a $7 credit toward a craft beer draft, Kombucha, or other drink; a $20 contribution to the Cold War Museum; and special access to the Museum (next door) with a tour for event participants following the presentation. TICKETS AT THE DOOR, IF STILL AVAILABLE, WILL COST $45.

Location: Old Bust Head Brewing Company, 7134 Farm Station Road, and the Cold War Museum, 7142 Lineweaver Rd, Vint Hill, VA 20187.

Agenda:

• 1:30-2:00. Participants arrive; they may get their beer or other drink at this time

• 2:00-2:10. Jason Hall, Executive Director of the Cold War Museum, introduces the Museum, then Martin.

• 2:10-3:30. Martin presents on the Communist coup in Czechoslovakia and life as a Cold War exile.

• 3:30-4:00. Q&A opportunity for the audience

• 4:00-5:00. The Museum (next door) will be open for event participants, with staff providing a tour for those interested.

Event seating at the brewery is limited, and many prior presentations have sold out well in advance, so we suggest that you secure your tickets promptly. Questions? Call or email Jason Hall, 703-283-4124 (cell), jason@coldwar.org

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