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Part 7: War and Occupation: A black crow spreads its wings over Prague

March 1939, German troops on Wenceslas Square, photo: archive of Radio Prague

The Czech Radio archives include many recordings from the time of World War II.  They come from both sides: propaganda from within occupied Bohemia and Moravia aimed at intimidating the population, but also recordings from abroad. Both the BBC and the government in exile in London were broadcasting to occupied Europe in Czech, at the same time informing the wider world about the fate of Czechoslovakia in English.  Some of the extracts we’ll be hearing have become well known, but our archives also hold many surprises, rare recordings that give us unexpected insights into life during wartime.

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