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  Museum of Communism in Prague: Somebody was there?
by Saldi

Well, after more than a decade of democracy, in some cases you can still feel any remnants of communism:
There are still some traces of the architectural style of communism; this style is called socialistic realism . Statues of happy families and proud workers are spread around the city. When I was in Prague talking with the owner of the apartment that I rent, she said to me that Czech people have a short memory so they already cancelled the past but her opinion is that it's right in their mind that you can find indelible traces of communism.
40 years of communist rule that followed WWII left a sad legacy. Czechoslovakia freed itself from communism in 1989 and split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia on January 1, 1993.

Few years ago, the seductive image of Prague as a new Paris of the 90's, attracting artists and poets to relish the rich atmosphere may have been true for a few rosy-eyed romantics but now it is a very strained concept. Most of the expatriates living in Prague now are hard nosed businessmen looking to exploit new markets.

Also the Americans are parts of the new life of Czech Republic , for example the CIA. The CIA wanted to make sure that Communism was dead and buried once and for all and therefore wasted no time in imposing their influence.

Prague is a stunningly beautiful city. Baroque and Art Deco architecture drips from the rooftops, mystery and magic ooze from the pores of every street, centuries of culture hangs heavy in the air. But the march of the fast food chains doesn't give a *** about all this. There are now 10 branches of McDonalds in Prague and one strategically placed on every major road going into the city. There are plans for 40 KFC outlets in the Czech Republic by the end of the year and Coca Cola and Pepsi signs are everywhere. It is impossible to evade their presence. (The USA Legacy)
And it's a curious thing, but there are some people who make some money with Communism, just look at the picture! (history or circus?)...

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  • Written Oct 6, 2002
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