A visually stimulating, action packed book about how communism inspired, persecuted and almost destroyed Czechoslovakia.

The Project

Czechoslovakia Behind The Iron Curtain

Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain is the third book published by Global Slovakia (www.globalslovakia.com), an NGO founded and directed by Zuzana and Gabriela. The book honours their parents, grandparents and great grandparents who suffered in silence as communism ruled and caged their land. It will be accompanied by a series of short videos to match key historical signposts and themes.

The Book Contains:

Authentic Photography

Original Illustrations

True Stories

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We'll help the heart of Europe share its story with the world.

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Help people never forget the value of freedom.

Project Milestones

FALL, 2019

Bilingual history publications

A bi-lingual popular history paperback book based on original research and interviews, accompanied by era photography and original illustrations. The English version of the script is near completion, with an estimated release date of Fall 2019. The Slovak version of the book will be released in January 2020. Target audiences are adult populations and young adults (16+). First edition print: 1,000 copies in English and 1,000 copies in Slovak. Partners: Inspira Publishing & Pemic Distributing.ginal research, accompanied by  photographs and illustrations. The English version of the script is near completion. Target audiences are adult populations and young adults (16+). First edition: 1,000 copies in Slovak + 1,000 copies in English + 1,000 copies in Czech. Partners: Inspira Publishing & Pemic Distributing

FALL, 2019

Public
symposium

The event will be held in Bratislava, Slovakia and feature a line of history experts, members of the dissident movement, diplomatic leaders and representatives of Czech and Slovak secondary schools and universities. Global Slovakia NGO will convene the symposium, helping to cultivate a rich dialogue across various perspectives, including society, business and politics.

FALL, 2019

SCHOOL & UNIVERSITY PANEL PRESENTATIONS

Global Slovakia will tour 11 secondary schools and 5 universities in the region to hold interactive 1-hour long lectures and discussions on the themes of communism, the Velvet Revolution, as well as freedom and democracy. The discussions will be conducted with selected classes of students and built into the regular academic schedule as suggested by the teachers, so as to assure smooth and easy implementation.

About Us

The project is run by Global Slovakia, a Slovak-based non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the region of Central Eastern Europe with the English-speaking world. The organization specializes in awareness-raising cultural and educational programs that facilitate understanding across differences and support a more stable, open and democratic continent and the world. Global Slovakia’s work is also aimed at encouraging business, tourist and cultural development and promoting reverse brain drain back to Slovakia.

Our Team

We are Zuzana and Gabriela, an international writing duo. Young, ambitious and dedicated to sharing Slovakia, our homeland, with the world, we walk our talk. In 2018 alone, we released two books that made a splash on the national media back home, and gained positive international acclaim abroad. Check out our Amazon reviews, links below.

As a reward for the quality of our work and the boldness of our endeavour, we travelled with the Slovak President to the United States. Flying on the Slovak Air Force One was a pretty cool experience, but continuing our mission of raising the visibility of our country in North America was our catalyst.

Which is why, our third book, ‘Czechoslovakia: Behind the Iron Curtain’ is our most powerful project yet! Why? Because it brings an important message to all of humanity, during a very critical time on our planet.

The book narrates the unbelievable, yet very real fate, of how a free country became trapped in communism. This is a story of a people stripped of the very thing that makes them human: their freedom and their individuality.

Our Previous Publications

The Great Return

www.thegreatreturn.eu

This 300-page book narrates the story of a 21st century Slovakia, country being transformed by those that left, learned and returned. As documented through cutting edge research, personal interviews and 58 portrait photographs.

Slovakia: The Legend of the Linden

www.legendofthelinden.com
www.legendalipy.sk

Dive into 200+ pages of evocative text, illustrations and photography that emotionally narrate the great Slovak story, as told through history.

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Our Mission

The 20th century rocked our planet – the Great Depression, two World Wars, and the near mutual nuclear annihilation, at the height of the Cold War, saw a world ripped in half according by an impenetrable Iron Curtain. 

When the Berlin Wall, at last, came down and communism fell with it. The East and the West were no long mortal enemies. Effort was made to bridge the divide, and much hope for better and more peaceful future blossomed in people’s heads and hearts.

Only 30 years later, the old problems of the past, have begun to rear their ugly head. Polarities are once again on the rise, and with them the call to return to – unfreedom.  This book serves as a time-capsule of the gains as well as the losses of life in socialism, that speak volumes about just how precious and fragile freedom is.

It is clear, that our planet is at the doorstep of an unprecedented change. These tragedies do not need to be lived again, if we learn from the past. The question remains, will we rise to the challenge? As the different ideologies battle for our attention, we can at least agree on one thing.  All future potentials, begin with a healthy respect for freedom.

How it all began

Communism snuffed life in our country in bloodless coup in 1948. Just like that, the Communist Party supported by the USSR, took over power in the free democratic republic of Czechoslovakia. This manoeuvre was not just a token change of leadership. On the contrary, communism cut heads and broke backs to secure its power for nearly half a century.

20 years into the hardcore regime, Stalin died and the communist East relaxed its reigns for a bit.

The brutal and ruthless dictator was gone, and the people grew courageous enough to become to take back their power. In Czechoslovakia, the Prague Spring loosened the grip of the Party, and the  Czechoslovaks began to breathe more freely again. Of course, once they got a taste of freedom, they wanted more and more of it. Much to the annoyance of the USSR.

REVIEWS

What are people saying about out book
"In today’s 21st century, it is hard to imagine that those born after 1993 know very little about the harsh realities of true communism, the most extreme form of socialism. As we turn to our cell phones and look up historical information from “Dr. Google,” no one can truly feel or understand what a totalitarian government can do. For our ancestors who lived in then “Czechoslovakia,” communism and socialism co-existed and provided a highly controlled environment where basic freedoms and individual dignity were denied. There were certainly no cell phones and very few landlines, and they were all censored. There was no cable or satellite television. There was however, state controlled and monitored television and radio programs. Commercials were replaced by state messages of propaganda. Churches mostly became museums. People who would not join the Community Party were denied good jobs, even with advanced educational degrees. This wonderfully written book provides for the reader a poignant description of life under communism. It discusses the realities of a time in history that can now be remembered from experience by a growing minority of people who lived through it. The book has relevance to persons of all ages and backgrounds. For some, this new learning is added to their knowledge of the time and for those born after 1993, it is filled with new knowledge to add to their personal understanding and for that of future generations."
Cecilia Rokusek, Ed.D.
President & CEO, National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

On the Media

TV, Radio and Print Appearances

Many Thanks To

We couldn't have done it without the help of:

Book Photographers:

  • Ladislav Bielik
  • Juraj Bartos
  • Lubo Stacho
  • Dana Kyndrova
  • Jan Lorincz
  • Dávid Fiala

Book Illustrators and Artists:

  • Nina Sefcik
  • Matteo Sica
  • Masha Dambaeva
  • Kateřina Blaháková
  • Petra Stefankova
  • Zuzana Smatlakova