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2020 | 12 | 1 | 108-140

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"Yet it is still necessary to struggle for a better world:" Media images of crime in relation to criminal activities in people's democratic Czechoslovakia (1945-1961)


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The aim of the presented text is to outline the basic features of postwar crime both in terms of its representations in the public space and in terms of specific acts and the involved actors. The aim to start directly after the war is the chronological and the conceptual starting point of this text. The second limit is the adoption of the new Criminal Code in 1961, an updated version of the 1950 code, which, with various amendments, was in effect until 2005 in Slovakia and until 2009 in the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, the Constitution of July 1960 declared Czechoslovakia to be a socialist state. The analysis uses audio-visual sources and the press, which are subject to a contextual examination, and the reports and statistics from the funds of the Ministry of the Interior and the Central Committee of the Communist Party as well as the daily records, protocols, and files stored in the Archive of the Security forces and the Public Security Corps Fond.


  • Masarykův ústav a archiv AV ČR, v.v.i., Gabčíkova 2362/10, 182 00 Praha 8, Czech Republic


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