- KUN, Miklós: Prague Spring - Prague Fall. Blank Spots of 1968
- Übersetzt von: Hajnal Csatorday
- Verlag: AKADÉMIAI Kiadó Rt.
- Veröffentlichungsjahr: 1999
- Nummer von Seiten: 252
- Sprache: English
- Miklós Kun, the noted Hungarian historian, spent nearly a decade researching the blank spots of Prague Spring of 1968. The interviewees, who were on opposite sides of the barricade, reveal many secrets not found in archive materials and memoirs hitherto published. What they tell, however, is indispensable for a reconstruction of what actually happened in Czechoslovakia in 1968. For instance, we gain an insight into the role the Kremlin played in Alexander Dubcek’s election to the post of first secretary, about President Ludvík Svoboda’s secret contacts in Moscow, and how Vasil Bil’ak made a bargain with Piotr Shelest in János Kádár’s summer residence in Balatonaliga, Hungary, one month before the August intervention. An interesting picture emerges, containing hitherto unknown details, of the part Kádár played in the events preceding the occupation.
In the introduction to each interview, Kun confronts the results of historical research with the personal accounts of the interviews. Although the two do not always correspond, and sometimes the interviews contradict each other, they bring the events of thirty years ago closer to us.