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Řetízkárna - (Mind)Changing Room


We are bringing to life a community center in a former prisoners´ changing room that became a last-standing witness of the fading memory of the uranium camp called Rovnost (Equality) near the town of Jáchymov. Help us save it and joint he growing community that cares!

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Donate Now!


Support finantially the volunteer research initiative Political and help our projects come true!

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The Last Lesson


Join our brand new exchange project for applicants from Germany and the Czech Republic!

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Secret Radio of Czechoslovak Political Prisoners


The year was 1957. The device was hidden in the latrine of camp Rovnost near Jáchymov. After destroying it, scout and mukl Miroslav Kopt hurriedly cleaned up its remains. This secret device was a radio on which the Czechoslovak political prisoners listened to Radio Free Europe for two years, receiving and spreading news from the west throughout the prison camp.

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Study on Leukemia in the Czechoslovak Uranium Miners


Radon exposure has had long-lasting impacts on the health of Czechoslovak uranium miners, many of whom were political prisoners. While it is well known that radon exposure causes lung cancer, this study found that leukemia, and particularly chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), was also significantly associated with this exposure.

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Političtí vě - Political

Welcome to the updated website of Political

This site was originally created in the fall 2008 with the following objectives:

  • attract the attention of youth and general public by publishing life stories of former prisoners of Stalinism
  • offer the stories in written as well as video and audio formats (short sequences)

The published content was enriched, edited and updated by volunteers of the Czech civic organisation Political in July 2011. Thanks to their efforts we have proofread all our English interviews and made them more comprehensive. At least we tried. Though we are mostly Czech researchers we are constantly working on delivering more content in English.

This website became part of a trans-disciplinary, non-governmental and non-profit oral history project which aimed at commemoration of former political prisoners who survived jailing in Stalinist prisons and working camps in the former Czechoslovakia and other European countries. In 2009 - 2012 we developed new initiatives, events and networks targeted at a more profound research interest in the field of oral histories of politically oppressed around the globe.


Commemoration of victims of Stalinism, in our opinion, was of an utmost importance not only when the whole world celebrated the 20th anniversary of the fall of Iron Curtain. Former political prisoners were and still are the living witnesses of past. They certainly should not be heard only on anniversaries. We do not have many chances left to listen, research, and learn from their stories. However, we are the witnesses of the future and thus potential carriers of their important memories.  We wish to  contribute to the exchange and popularisation of their memories. That is why you can find here transcriptions of oral history interviews and narratives and short multimedia.Yet all he ideas expressed in the narratives are the narrators’ own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the interviewers or of the Political

We would like to invite everyone interested in supporting this project to contact us via email:

Thank you in advance for your interest and help!

The Team of volunteer research initiative Political



Highlights from a commented tour of Nikolaj Camp:


Memories of Jáchymov: trail to past



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