Calendarium of Totalitarianism


Calendarium of Totalitarianism is a freely accessible outdoor travelling exhibition which, in the form of a stylized bus stop, offers visitors a comparative overview of major landmarks in the post-war autocratic history of four countries engulfed by Communist totalitarianism: Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary and the German Democratic Republic.


Calendarium of Totalitarianism


Faced with all the most significant moments on a single timeline, visitors will be able to form a picture of the features shared by the totalitarian systems that controlled society in the different states, and how the citizens of these countries coped with them. The Calendarium covers the period from 1944 to 1990. “Our starting point is the closing stages of the war, because this is the period when the Red Army entered the countries of Central Europe, bringing the direct political influence of the Soviet Union with it, and before we could start questioning our liberation from the Nazis the foundations were laid for the transition to totalitarian regimes that would transform independent states into Soviet satellites,” says Cihlář as he explains the reasons for the choice of timeline.

The Calendarium is accessible to the public free of charge throughout the day. This project is designed not only for the general public, but also for teachers and students of secondary schools as a means of complementing lessons on history, the foundations of social sciences, the Czech language, literature and citizenship studies. A smaller printed version of the Calendarium is available as a poster here that can be used as a great synoptical teaching aid for schools and students.

The texts have been prepared by the historians Jan Adamec, Libor Jůn and Rudolf Vévoda. The graphic design of the Calendarium is the work of Kryštof Doležal. The physical structure of the Calendarium has been projected by Václav Kejha and associates.

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