Monday, July 12, 2010

The Museum of Communism

The Museum of Communism focuses on Czechoslovakia’s totalitarian regime from the coup in February 1948 to its collapse in November 1989. The museum’s theme is “Communism – the Dream, the Reality, and the Nightmare”.

The museum is divided in to three main rooms; each filled with various artifacts. There are exhibits focusing on daily life, education, the arts, sport, propaganda in the media and the secret police. There are replicas of a grammar school, a grocery store and an interrogation room used by the ŠtB (the Czechoslovakian secret police).

The best part is room where a video shows archive footage of life under the communist regime and the Velvet Revolution in 1989. It was amazing to watch the video of people risking everything and standing up to the police.

Claudia’s parents had no interest in going to this museum. I guess they had their fill of communism living in East Germany.

One of the funniest things to me is that the museum is next to a casino and a McDonald’s. It leaves no doubt who the winner was in the war between communism and capitalism.

1 comment:

  1. hi chris,
    yes that is basically really what my dad said...sorry, but i lived long enough in those times, so no need to see it summarized:)...

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