Ondrej Podolec: Will There Be a War? Response of Czechoslovak Citizens to Building the Berlin Wall

Documents show reports on survey results on moods among citizens, how security units presented them to leaders of the ruling party (Communist Party of Czechoslovakia) in August 1961. In the first document, there is response on events related to policy of two superpowers that happened immediately before the wall was built. Just 15 years after the end of the biggest war conflict in the history (which majority of inhabitants personally went through), understandably threats from a new war dominated and led to efforts to get food supplies in advance. Reactions of persons having German nationality were under special observation. Among commentaries, the tendency to comment events from the point of view of the ruling ideology.

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