In 1968 the Revolutionary Unions Movement (ROH) published a book “Going to the ROH recreation” summarizing the highlights of the subsidized recreational opportunities intended for the workers. Vintage photographs are accompanied by hilariously lyrical captions in Czech, Russian, French and German - "the water surface is like velvet with silver shimmer" or "thousand years of nature's processes are harmoniously merged with modern activities of a man". The images chronicle the style and leisure habits of the era as well as the “team spirit” that has been encouraged by cultural and sport programmers everyday. Mostly everyone was a member of slightly harmless ROH, even if they were not in the Communist Party. My grandparents, parents, my sister, myself and everyone else I knew were also occasionally sent to the ROH’s recreational facilities and summer camps. In a mean twist of history, 1968 was same year when invasion of the Warsaw Pact put a definite end to the “Prague’s spring’s” attempts to implement political reforms for “friendlier” communism. Authors of the photographs are unknown. “Sweet deception by Helena Vondrackova released in the 1982, was a hit then and is a hit now.

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