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[Free Europe Press Czech Propaganda Leaflet Distributed by Air Balloon]. Svobodná Evropa [Free Europe], no. 34.

[Munich?]: [Free Europe Press], [1954-1956]. Single leaf, measuring 14.5 × 57 cm, folded four times to create a pamphlet with ten pages of text and images. Very good.

Scarce anti-communist flyer in Czech, printed in Germany by Free Europe Press and distributed over Czechoslovakia via balloon from 1954 to 1956. With short articles in Czech and Slovak, the publication informed Czechoslovak readers about political news unavailable to them. It also explained the "Ten Demands" program compiled by Radio Free Europe workers based on interviews with Czechoslovak refugees. Approximately 56 numbered issues were printed, many of them, such as the present one, illustrated with drawings and small photographs. "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). KVK, OCLC show three issues at the British Library and a more significant run, lacking only 12 issues, at Wisconsin-Madison.

Book ID: P6897

Price: $125.00