[Munich?]: [Free Europe Press], . Single folded leaf, measuring 20.8 × 14.6 cm, printed to recto and verso, and when folded resembling a US airmail envelope. With one duplicate copy; laid in is a small flyer depicting the Czechoslovak and US flags, with the text "The American people greet the Czechoslovak peoples' opposition in their fight for a free tomorrow." Very good.
Scarce anti-communist flyer in Czech (one duplicate copy), in all likelihood printed in Germany by Free Europe Press and distributed over Czechoslovakia via balloon in 1954. The flier mentions the recent currency reform (1953), which decimated the savings of peasants and workers, and led to considerable unrest. It addresses workers and peasants as members of a "people's opposition" and urges them to raise awareness among others about possible forms of resistance and the growth of the opposition movement. It also references the "Ten Demands" list compiled by Radio Free Europe workers based on interviews with Czechoslovak refugees. The "envelope" features a printed stamp with T. G. Masaryk and the "postal stamp" reads "Pravda vítěží," or "The truth wins." Also laid in is a small flyer depicting the Czechoslovak and US flags, with the text "The American people greet the Czechoslovak peoples' opposition in their fight for a free tomorrow." The envelopes were sent on April 29, 1954, and were also issued in Slovak. "In the 1950s, at the height of the Cold War, numerous psychological warfare leaflets were prepared by the Free Europe Press (FEP) of the Free Europe Committee. The group worked in cooperation with Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) funding much of the operations. FEP leaflets were a major part of the post-World War II psychological warfare battle between East and West. The operation sent 590,415 balloons that carried 301,636,883 leaflets, posters, books, and other printed matter from West Germany over the Iron Curtain to Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland from August 1951 to November 1956" (Source: Free Europe Press Cold War Leaflets, Accessed 2019 http://www.psywarrior.com/RadioFreeEurope.html). The envelope cannot be traced via KVK or OCLC.
Book ID: P6877