Photographs taken secretly by a resident of Leipzig, show the demolition by the Communist authorities of St Paul's University Church on 30 May 1968. This was an attack on the city's culture and also on Christianity, all to make space for the new town square, Karl-Marx-Platz. Read more on Communism's stance on religion.
The Prague Spring began on 5 January 1968, when Alexander Dubček came to power, attempting to implement democratic reforms, the partial decentralisation of the economy and great citizens' rights including looser restrictions on the media, speech and travel. Unwilling to accept this more human version of socialism, the Soviets sent 200,000 troops and 2,000 tanks from Warsaw Pact allies to invade the country. 72 Czechs and Slovaks were killed, 266 severely wounded and another 436 were injured. In the wake of the invasion, non-violent protests took place across the country, including Jan Palach's protest-suicide by self-immolation. Milan Kundera's famous novel The Unbearable Lightness of Being is set at the time of the Prague Spring.
This film shows historical footage, political background and contemporary interviews with those who experienced the Soviet invasion first hand.