ÚSTR exhibition For Your Freedom and Ours in Washington, D.C.

The Delegation of the European Union, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, featured a presentation and viewing of For Your Freedom and Ours, a photographic exhibit depicting protests against the occupation of Czechoslovakia in 1968 within the struggle for freedom in the Communist states of Europe.

The exhibition was created on the basis of documents, photographs and interviews collected from 2008 to 2018, by Adam Hradilek, Petr Blažek, Štěpán Černoušek, Michaela Stoilova, and staff at the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes in Prague. The exhibit is intended to serve as a record of the fates of the protestors and as a tribute to their memories.  Adam Hradilek, a historian from the Institute for the Study of Totalitarian Regimes, opened the exhibition on 4 April 2018 followed by a talk with special guest Pavel Litvinov, grandson of Maxim Litvinov Stalin’s foreign minister during the 1930s. Pavel participated in the Red Square demonstration against the Soviet invasion.

The exhibit was comprised from a collection of over 20 interviews with citizens of the Warsaw Pact countries who took part in protests against the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968. Their testimonies, together with documents collected from Soviet, Polish, Hungarian, German, Bulgarian, and Czech secret service and personal archives are the basis of the exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of the invasion.

LocationDelegation of the European Union to the United States 
2175 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20037
(Entrance on 22nd Street)

Date: 4 April – 31 May 2018