Dad was communist

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  1. Have you ever read the book “Revolution 1989 The Fall of the Soviet Empire” by Victor Sebestyen? It has much of what your post is all about.

  2. That “everybody was or had to be a member of the Communisty Party” in Czechoslovakia is a myth. Only about 10% of the population were members. In fact, for the longest time, membership was “marketed” as a privilege. Social background checks were stringent and “cadre report” (kadrovy posudok) could make or break careers. If, for example, a relative emigrated to the West, you could not become a member because that fact put a stain on your background. You only had to be a member if you wanted to climb the career ladder, like the mustachioed manager in this comic, or if you wanted other privileges, like travel or getting your kids in a good university.


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