Document no. 1A -- Click for larger image


Stop boiling, pot! Boil, pot!

A cover from the satiric magazine Dikobraz ("Porcupine"), from May 1968. Dubcek examines the boiling pot of reforms, while two voices shout "Boil, pot!" and "Stop boiling, pot!" -- a reference to a Czech fairy tale analogous to that of the sorceror's apprentice. A couple receives a magic pot, which will produce unlimited amounts of food when it is told to boil; unfortunately they don't know the command to make it stop, and the pot threatens to overflow their home with cooked cereal.

Here Dubcek is pictured as caught between popular pressures for change and fears that he will lose control of the reform process. The headlines of the news stories coming out of the pot deal with censorship, democratization, and the rehabilitation of political prisoners.