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  • Collection Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical/Historical Note
  • Scope and Content of Collection
  • Indexing Terms

  • Collection Summary

    Title: Free Europe Press issuances
    Dates: 1951-1956
    Collection Number: 2010C11
    Creator: Free Europe Press.
    Collection Size: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 linear feet)
    Repository: Hoover Institution Archives
    Stanford, California 94305-6010
    Abstract: American propaganda leaflets and bulletins, distributed by balloon to Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland. Includes some English-language working material versions.
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Archives
    Languages: Czech, Slovak, Hungarian and Polish.

    Administrative Information


    Collection is open for research.
    The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Free Europe Press issuances, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Archives in 2010.


    Materials may have been added to the collection since this finding aid was prepared. To determine if this has occurred, find the collection in Stanford University's online catalog at http://searchworks.stanford.edu/ . Materials have been added to the collection if the number of boxes listed in the online catalog is larger than the number of boxes listed in this finding aid.

    Related Materials

    Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty records, Hoover Institution Archives

    Biographical/Historical Note

    In the 1950s, at the height of the Cold War, numerous psychological warfare leaflets were prepared by the Free Europe Press (FEP) of the Free Europe Committee. The group worked in cooperation with Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty, with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) funding much of the operations.
    FEP leaflets were a major part of the post-World War II psychological warfare battle between East and West. The operation sent 590,415 balloons that carried 301,636,883 leaflets, posters, books, and other printed matter from West Germany over the Iron Curtain to Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland from August 1951 to November 1956.
    These documents urged peasants to refuse to cooperate with collective farms and exhorted Slovaks and Czechs to boycott national elections. They included embarrassing secret memoranda suppressed by Communist governments.
    Source: Free Europe Press Cold War Leaflets, Accessed 2012 http://www.psywarrior.com/RadioFreeEurope.html

    Scope and Content of Collection

    American propaganda leaflets and bulletins, distributed by balloon drop over Czechoslovakia, Hungary and Poland. Includes some English-language working material versions.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.
    Propaganda, American--Europe, Eastern.