Secret State Police Operations in Cold War Czechoslovakia

ab 24,90 

Václava Jandecková

Operation KÁMEN and the Jan Masaryk Case

ISBN 978-3-643-91361-6
Band-Nr. 4
Jahr 2021
Seiten 178
Bindung broschiert
Reihe Studies in Intelligence History

Artikelnummer: 978-3-643-91361-6 Kategorien: , ,


„Jandečková pulls back the curtain to give us a glimpse of the inner workings of Communist Czechoslovakia’s secret police in connection both with the false border operation ‘Kamen’ and the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk. A fascinating study that enhances our understanding of this tragic period.“
James R. Felak, University of Washington
„Václava Jandečková’s text is based on a great variety of sources, which are thoroughly and resourcefully interrogated and clearly presented. It is in two parts: the first investigates the Communist Czechoslovak security police operation to flush out potential “troublemakers” by luring them to a false frontier on the pretence of organising their escape to West Germany. The second is a searching re-examination of the murder of Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk in March 1948. The author has long experience with security police archives and brings together material never before presented in a joint analysis. The text will be very valuable to all who are interested in the operations of Soviet-style authorities and in secret police methods generally.“
Geoffrey Hosking,  Emeritus Professor of Russian History, School of Slavonic and East European Studies, University College London
„With this book Václava Jandečková emerges as a star among historians of Cold War intelligence operations. Combing her analytical skills with deep understanding of Czech history, she has mapped out the scandalous Operation KAMEN and its many dimensions in astonishing detail. This study is a meticulously researched and convincingly argued masterpiece. It is also immensely readable and full of fascinating depictions of the personalities involved. It is a marvelous piece of work, a major contribution to our understanding of the early postwar years of the Cold War. I can’t recommend it highly enough.“
Igor Lukes, Pardee School of Global Studies, Boston University  

Václava Jandečková is an independent researcher, a co-founder of the Association for Research of Communist Crimes, member of the International PEN Club (Czech Centre) and a graduate in international relations.