On June 17 at 18:00 in the presidium hall of the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic the Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia in Prague Argita Daudze and the director of Institute of Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences Oldrich Tuma opened an exhibition "The Aftermath of Prague Spring and Charter 77 in Latvia/ the Baltics" created by the State Archives of Latvia (authors: Ritvars Jansons and Iveta Skinke). The exhibition was a part of an international program conference "Prague Spring 1968. Civil Society, the Mass Media, and the Transfer of Political and Cultural Processes" that took place cooperating the State Archives of Latvia, Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in Czech Republic and Institute of Contemporary History of the Academy of Sciences of Czech Republic
Dr. hist. Daina Bleiere read a lecture in the conference. The delegation lead by director Daina Klavina participated in conference, exhibition opening and other events.
The exhibition shows how the events of 1968 in Czechoslovakia echoed in Latvia and the Baltics. It reveals little known facts about Latvian protests against USSR intervention in Czechoslovakia.
The authors of the exhibition stress that reforms in Czechoslovakia gave hope to the Baltics and stimulus to the brave warriors who stepped against the regime in the Baltics.
Important role in the exhibition is devoted also to the charter signed on 1979 by Baltic dissidents who were influenced by Czechoslovakian human rights protectors "Charter 77" and who called out to the world to denounce and abolish the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of August 23, 1939. The documents exposed in the exhibition and many photos inform the viewers that the fight for human rights in the Baltics led to a demand to restore the independence of countries. The viewers can get an insight about how Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia regained their independence. The documents exhibited are from archives and museums of the Baltics and Russia, as well as from private collections.
This year the exhibition will be seen also in Česke Budejovice, Ostrava University and Homutova district museum.
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