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Document: Final Report on the Activities of the American Poet Allen Ginsberg and His Deportation from Czechoslovakia Author(s): Karel Vodrážka and Andrew Lass Source: The Massachusetts Review, Vol. 39, No. 2 (Summer, 1998), pp. 187-196 Published by: The Massachusetts Review, Inc. Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25091415 . Accessed: 16/03/2011 11:47
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Dear

Comrade, the final report on Allen GINSBERG and his as information for the Central to You of Czechoslovakia.

I am submitting in the attached of the American the activities poet deportation Committee Attachment from Czechoslovakia, of the Communist 9 pages

Party

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is the text (dated May addressed Following 13,1965) of the memo to "Comrade 1stDeputy of Inte Colonel Minister Jan Z?ruba, II. Of the Ministry of Interior, rior," from "Chief of Division Lieutenant Miloslav Kos?ar." Colonel

Prague, May

13, 1965

Amer Final report on the activities of Allen GINSBERG, in the Czechoslovak Socialist Republic. ican poet-beatnik GINSBERG arrived in CSSR1 on February 18, 1965 after be

from Cuba. On March 19 he left for the ussr and ing expelled once again, the May cele in Prague arrived before immediately on April brations 29, 1965. with he had contact mostly his stay in Czechoslovakia During centered mostly artists and with around young young people out in In this environment he sought club VIOLA. the wine whom he affected with his from among the young, dividuals he maintained In addition, intellect and overt sexual perversion. like the writer literati close contact with many SKVORECKY, the critic Igor the translator the critic KUS?K, JUNGWIRTH, to his and others, who contributed the editor DIVlS H?JEK, not only in Prague, but in Bra their articles, with popularity tislava as well and convinced GINS The writer SKVORECKY suggested on May 1 as a candidate BERG that he take part in the Mayales was in fact elected GINSBERG of Engineering. for the School the king of the Mayales. GINSBERG of the beauty queen of Mayales, After the election was of Engi from the School of students invited by a group at to a discussion of the Czech Technical University neering street. The dis in Prague the Hl?vkov 2, Jenstejnsk? dormitory and lasted 12:30 am May 2,1965 cussion began at approximately

lCeskoslovensk? cialist Republic). "Czechoslovakia"

So socialistick? (The Czechoslovak republika the document. is used throughout The acronym translation. is used instead in the present

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of members consisted mostly until 3 am. The group of students of the so called STAR Board) and mem (The Student Academic At the "BUCHAR."2 board of the magazine bers of the editorial was assured by the students present, in outset GINSBERG very it is pos that he is in a social setting where particular J?NSKY, to that they are in opposition sible to speak without scruples, CSM3 and that they are, practically illegal. speaking, in which both sides took a negative the debate, stance, During

GINSBERG

badmouthed

the Soviet Union

and disparaged

the

of our state. He did not hide his anti-Communism leadership in front of the stu towards Marxist and antipathy philosophy as the connecting of the students' Mayales dents. He praised to protest eroti the maximum the order with resolve political to invite the students He "advised" cism of the environment. to the next Mayales, for that the Soviet poet VOZNESENSKY that they demonstrate, way "ironically speaking," they would, are not one sided in their focus on the West and, furthermore, is "oppressed extend a good deed to a person who by they will statement in his opinion, there is His the Soviet that, regime." a totalitarian in Czechoslovakia, though not as harsh as regime had a most unfavorable effect. in the Soviet Union, Ginsberg The students uncritically, entirely partic accepted that there he stated or insinuated where in the passages ularly discussion,
students.

in Czechoslovakia. The other part of the freedom" some of the aspects of his "psy he outlined when the had little response among philosophy," chosexuological is "lack of

for his the students After the end of the discussion arranged the early hours dorms, where he resided until stay in the Hl?vkov to additional of May 3, 1965. According reports even other dis took place at this dormitory. with GINSBERG cussions even further in Prague and contin remained GINSBERG was of defective character. and his behavior ued in his contacts the night of May 3, 1965 he was apprehended by the During

2The

word

means

"hydraulic

hammer."

svaz ml?dete 5Ceskoslovensky the official organization nization),
poses, compulsory and was, de

facto,

Youth Orga (The Czechoslovak that was, for all intents and pur
an extension of the Party.

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in the state of inebriation he was and was patrol4 because behavior aroused the unwanted outcry. His public arousing to the de attention of citizens passing by, he was transported not accepted. toxification station he was where, however, on May Once 5 he was apprehended the night again, during the VB patrol, for he had participated in a disturbance. After by to run and had to be the security's GINSBERG arrival, began to the dis the cross-examination of the witnesses chased. During one of the participants stated that he saw GINSBERG turbance, as he did unseemly a young man sexual and wom things with an. Before was in the wine this disturbance GINSBERG club where he spent time in the society of some homosex VIOLA, with them and, in particular, uals, embraced got "brotherly"

the poet

mmfll

who

drank himself

stiff in this

society. with these facts we have secured reports that GINS Together that his in affects some individuals, BERG, with his influence, causes in their mentality fluence serious mental disorders and In order to document these disturbs family upbringing. regular were carried out at the appropriate med reports, investigations on May 4, 1965, the appropriate ical facilities where, expert re
ports were secured.

The

doctor

at

Institute of National Health, Dr. ^H^BHHH'
evaluation writes: who

the psychiatric

department

of

the Regional

in her

"The damaging influence of the poet Allen suffers from narcomania and homosexuality, GINSBERG, I first heard has had an impact on my p?dopsychiatrie practice. on young people is for many from a patient who of his influence He disturbance. treated for a serious mental years now being because has been able to deflect his influence himself, however, he does not condone his poetic work. "The second case was much more serious. A young man from a good family, with leanings neurotic and psychopathic a hermit describes treatment and also look several towards literary work, with on the basis of decided traits, had

the influence of Allen GINSBERG
his program it has been

to drop his studies, live like

as the poet for 'what is under the heart/ for life in front of boys. With psychiatric to overcome in this damaging possible

AVerejn? bezpe?nost

-

(Public

Safety),

the equivalent

of city police.

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it was his fianc?e who to forced the patient and who arranged for the examination and undergo treatment. Those who have come under the in young people fluence of the poet Allen GINSBERG, without inter external a much harder time living through ference, are certainly having '' this influence. _

states: "My rela other among deposition things towards Allen GINSBERG is highly GINS tionship negative. as such is definitely not a good example BERG for young peo an example them with of wrong in the conduct ple, providing of life, one which in contradiction is completely the with ways in which should way they correctlybeliavean^acL"

The first case, that is introduced by Dr. ?^^^H^^^H concerns ^^HM^^^^I born on September 8,1944 who,
in his own

January 12, 1947,whose mother HHHHH?H1
to the VB Headquarters with some time now my husband

The second case pertains to W??????I???I???Ktborn on
turned
a letter in which and I have been she writes: "For disturbed by the

that on May in our apartment 4, 1965 we were visited by two of your workers, who concern reasons themselves?for that per tain to preventive the behavior of our youth, upbringing?with that segment of it that is under the influence of be especially to us and our way of life, havior and conduct, that is foreign of some literary the countries, figures of Western particularly United States of America. "We are particularly about concerned the negative influence of the American Poet A. GINSBERG even before his stay who, and then during his stay in Czechoslovakia in the Spring of this year, excited a segment of our youth by propagating bisexuality, in a state behaviors using drugs and by a variety of provocative of inebriation. out "One must that this segment of our youth was point familiar with his non-literary even before his arrival, activities that is without doubt the unfortunate fault of some something of our cultural without serious which, journals uncritically, his way of life. analysis, interpreted "Not surprisingly, the arrival of A. GINSBERG in Czechoslo vakia was accepted with uncritical and his authen enthusiasm tic statements about non-literary issues and his distinctive be havior were broadly publicized and imitated in the press as well

behavior of our sonHf^^^H^I'

I therefore welcomed

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as outside of it. I do not, thereby, wish to criticize as his work a writer but rather of him as a human who is not fully being aware how, with his opinions and behavior, some he influences and also, unfortunately, he abso son, while my people lutely did not influence my other children. We are deeply upset to the knowledge visit adding of that, instead of GINSBERG'S cultural that were values created by leading American poets even GINSBERG Corso, he, in his un himself, Ferlinghetti, young and irresponsibility, ruliness from his life that which presents should be condemned: narcomania, bisexuality, homosexuality, exhibitionalism and social extremism drunkenness, bordering with orgies. "This whole affair touches us personally, because IBm^H

(and most

likely his friends) out of an effort to imitate GINS

ruined his health stimulants BERG, by using (most likely as a substitute for drugs) and spent a large part of the working day before GINSBERG'S arrival in discussions him about in the of GINSBERG'S and barely studied at all. company admirers, was prevented, was medicines his medical condition Taking consulted with Dr. taken to improve steps were HHmmflH' his health and he also started stay in the mountains) (a special to work better in school. after the first and second arrival of A. GINSBERG "However, in Czechoslovakia he once again fell?under his personal influ some sort of a state of excitation ence?into and spent too much or near by him." in the proximity time, with likelihood,

to several young in addition was GINSBERG where, people, also present and talked about the fact that he had no sexual that he is sexually free towards both constraints, absolutely sexes. Ginsberg also engaged in evaluating the sexual side of from the point of view of how every individual present, mostly in this way. He suit him the strongest they would expressed

sexual attraction

wri? was and generally naive overall rather sexually IBH' was surprised by these opinions and refused GINSBERG. naive, The next expert opinion is from the head resident of the psy

toward BmVHmi

born June 6, 1948.

chiatric clinic in Prague 8, Dr. HmflmmmmmHmVH
in our March clinic from March 3, 1965 to March 1965 to April 3, 1965. The above

was treated horn on June 1, 1946, "W?^^?????????????M>
21, 13, 1965 and named suffers from from

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the abuse of Phenmet development, psychopathic to be a person of above he appears for his intelligence, was from treatment released The patient average intelligence. his on March examination the medical 13, 1965. During during at the clinic he stated that, in the time between the second stay the poet GINS two stays, he met, with his friends, with together to his apart the patient then went with BERG. GINSBERG

ment,

slept with him in his small room, his wife H^^^l
in

stated that "this The the kitchen. evening patient slept Before "with such a form of knowledge." affected him deeply," for everything." then "he was terribly irritated and had a dislike dur the game "confession," At the social gathering they played which "revealed their naked which spirit," everybody ing the night shook him. The next day, after spending apparently

with GINSBERG,

that he stations or in houses Western Bohemia, slept at railway broke into after dusk; finally he was without and, in this money some pills him from consumed that he took with situation, to the clinic he was found his second admission home. During to have peducolosis (mu?ky).5 pubis to be the leading of the "The patient claims personality He felt very strength the magazine Wild Grapes. group around narco a propensity in his attitudes, towards ened including mania meeting and heterosexual and homosexual with the American poet GINSBERG. by his sexuality, from It appears

||^HHH|

he left home, wandered around

the medical examination that GINSBERG most likely had a and it is likely that he can negative influence on ^HfiHHI
have
him."

such

an

influence

on other

young

people

who

meet

with

m^mm
June 4, states:

isa
1947. On May 5,

1965 we

of i^hhmH;
spoke with

^^^^^^^^

b?m
the parents

and the parents submitted a written ?HHHHIHi the life of their son ^IHHH^ Their ration about

decla report

to our observations, the American poet GINS "According in Prague, has a particularly BERG, strong negative presently on influence this February, when this Starting BHthe unruly behavior of our son has peaked. It ex poet arrived, itself in the following presses way: 5Not entirely would the doctor meant, clear what indicate "lice." but the common term

(mu?ky)

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absence of studying, lack of interest in family af a) Marked fairs, he often leaves the home for several days, will not ad mit where he has been, he is spiritually rather distraught is afraid to go home. It happened that and in this condition from home he visited a doctor after three days of absence he confessed friend to whom that he has been hanging around bad society from which he cannot separate himself even though he realizes later that he is not doing the right thing. he is at home, he writes late into the night with b) When we found out showing tired, which any signs of being of his friends the parents very suspicious. Questioning

in this group take drugs, most that individuals attention We searched his things and found small Phenmetrazin. ly tubes from empty elongated glass pills and, in addition, the labels had been scratched off. which once again returned c) From April 30,1965, when GINSBERG to Prague, until May 2, 1965 our son was not at home and he explained it by claiming that he spent the holidays with his friend in the town of Kolin. He did not give the name and we suspect that he hung around in the company of GINSBERG.

( H?HHHHHI

H^HUHHH

) brought toour

of late gives us the impression that this is "All his behavior case and that is why we have sought not a normal the advice In April of this year he referred our son of the district doctor. our to the district psychiatrist She identified for an examination. son as a serious psychopathic case that, however, is impossible we chose to treat clinically and can last up to 20 years. Whether we are unable to to him or use physical to speak punishment, us the in our son. Everything any correction gives accomplish is indulging that the society under an artistic guise impression for this in sexual abused life and our son is being abnormally
purpose."

his

we secured in Czechoslovakia, the stay of GINSBERG During this and confirmed which A. GINSBERG recognized journal to some notes and ad In addition in his deposition. recognition he first of all describes in which the journal contains6, dresses, his and simultaneously his homosexual expresses experiences

6It appears

as if a part of the sentence was not

typed in, by mistake.

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for his journal that charac Some selections political opinions. with bureau "Czech communism terize his political opinions: crats at the top and with mysterious like in Cuba, trials. Terror commu All capitalist about myths only better camouflaged. is every nism are true. I have started to feel that communism on everywhere. a big restraint. There is whispering where going the restaurant, who is sitting consciously surveying J. is always . . . or not listening. in and if he is listening, People nearby are not afraid anymore to speak out openly, if Czechoslovakia criticize the government sharply. We had they know you. They a great man. He a meeting with the poet HOLAN, said that can always trust someone in the in resurrection. You he believes state. ... I met with mister SCHMIDT. This is regime police ... . . . everyone is has to have proof that they are employed so unbelievably it is tragic. To infiltrate the Party? They dumb, were a secret organization know all the tricks. for 50 years. They . . . of everything But everything is slowly Samples changing. are sent via messengers to the HSTD.7 that is to be printed is forbidden under the penalty of imprison Private publishing . . .Here Neruda ment. would be like NOVOMESKY during the fifties." The characterizes his anticommunist di subtext of his journal
rection.

to characterize Some moments from his journal GINSBERG'S contacts: homosexual _ There were eight of us. HHmmmmmHHH an<^ others laid down on a sofa on the floor in a small room. I took John around the I was on the neck and was surprised that he was willing. Then floor for a while with Paul, he had his pants half way down. the girls crazy. In my drunken, This drove desire Imade honest a monopoly of all the best looking in the dark. boys are described encounters in detail: Further on, homosexual we were naked 11: The Baths of Charles, "March mm we went up in the steam, then a young boy, speaking German, we kissed secretly stairs where we both had erections, HH I spent the whole 5: In Bratislava March around day walking a manifesto "three lone wolfs," who had written with stopped the streets, we couldn't by the censors. We walked through 1Hlavni
Supervision"?in

spr?va

tiskov?ho
other

dohledu
the

... "The Central
censorship bureau.

Office

of Press

words,

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on the sofa, sat down called me at 5:30 pm. We phone player I put my head in his lap. But he was inactive for the fact except I wanted to unbutton that he held my hand. When his pants, he jolted and said "no." encounters. One could continue listing his homosexual

go upstairs, we held hands H^HHi^HiiH-

On May 7, 1965 GINSBERG

was called in front of the De

he was advised of Passports and Visas where that his partment is not welcome and is terminated and that he must leave stay Ginsberg Czechoslovakia this informa immediately. accepted a single protest tion without and on May 7, 1965 at 5:30 pm to London. he traveled from the Ruzun? airport Karel Vodr?zka

Prepared

by Captain

[signature] and footnotes, Andrew Lass

(C) Translation

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