A quick entry today which I should have posted a month ago. Czechs and Slovaks had fun with the collapse of Communist Party and one of the best relics preserved for me by my students was this obituary (in the style of Eastern European obituaries pasted on the wall). Interestingly the parodist was astute enough to bury the “leading role” of the party rather than the party itself which, in the form of the Communist Party of Bohemia and Moravia, still attracts a stable 1/6 of the popular vote but today has a leading role only in preventing coalitions and attracting disgruntled voters.
(Rough English translation)
Who sets traps for others
With pain in our hearts we announce to everyone the sad news that forever from us departed is the leading role of the
Communist Party of Czechoslovakia
After 41 years of dissimulation, 29 December 1989
We part from our dearly departed “after free elections”
In the name of the survivors
And others closely related
(Original Czech-text form but without without diacritics)
Kdo jinemu jamu kopa
S bolesti v srdci oznamujeme vsem smutnou zpravu, ze nas navzdy opustila nase vedouci uloha
Odesila po 41 letech disimulace 29. prosince 1989.
S nasi drahou zesnulou se rozloucime po svobodnych volbach