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New Left Review I/71, January-February 1972

Jiři Pelikan

The Struggle for Socialism in Czechoslovakia

We would like to begin by asking something about the period in which you first became politically active, just before World War Two. We understand that you joined an anti-fascist organization in 1937, while still at school, and became a member of the Czech Communist Party in 1939. Could you tell us how you experienced the major events of those years, the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1938 and 1939, the German/ Russian pact in the summer of 1939, the invasion of the Soviet Union in 1941 and the Czechoslovak resistance movement?

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