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European Memories

of the Gulag


1968, Prague

In 1989, during the upheavals in Central Europe, Ján was in hospital and could not join the crowds. He also remembers 1968 because he was in Prague at the time. He got to work and his colleagues told him the Russians were in the city. He said nothing. He drove his motorbike to see a friend and they were arrested by the Russians. He took out his identity card, on which it said he was born in the USSR and spoke to the soldier in Russian. They were then let go. Ján remembers other instances when having been born in the USSR was an advantage for him.