Voices of Hope: Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

A 10-ton bell, symbol of Radio Free Europe
A 10-ton bell, symbol of Radio Free Europe, is lifted from the casting pit at the British foundry of Gillett and Johnston.
RFE studio
Czech and Slovak broadcasters record a radio play in an RFE studio with assistance from U.S. army personnel.
Balloons carried boxes of leaflets
Balloons carried boxes of leaflets whose text told the people that a new wind was blowing, a new hope was stirring. "Millions of free men and women have joined together and are sending you this message of friendship over the Winds of Freedom—which in the upper air always blow from West to East." On the leaflet’s reverse were listed the wavelengths of major free world stations transmitting to Czechoslovakia.
Balloons being filled with hydrogen.
Balloons being filled with hydrogen. Svoboda is Czech for "freedom."
Josef Swiatlo
Josef Swiatlo was the most highly ranked defector from Poland. A 40-page booklet of his testimony was printed, and thousands of copies were dropped on the Polish countryside from 10-foot balloons.
Collecting the news.
Collecting the news.
Collecting the news.
Collecting the news.
Collecting the news.
Collecting the news.
Vladimir Bukovsky and Robert Conquest
RFE/RL hosted many forums on world issues at their Munich headquarters. Panel members Vladimir Bukovsky, Soviet dissident, scientist, and writer; and Robert Conquest, author, diplomat, and senior research fellow and Russian curator at the Hoover Institution, engage in a panel discussion on the implications of Mikhail Gorbachev’s glasnost policies, May 19, 1987.
Howland Sargeant
Howland Sargeant, president of Amcomlib from 1954 to 1975, was decorated by the Spanish government with the Civil Order of Merit.
Transmitters
Transmitters
The Hungarian Revolution, 1956.
The Hungarian Revolution, 1956.
The Hungarian Revolution, 1956.
The Hungarian Revolution, 1956.
The Hungarian Revolution, 1956.
The Hungarian Revolution, 1956.
The bombed headquarters of RFE/RL, Munich, February 21, 1981.
The bombed headquarters of RFE/RL, Munich, February 21, 1981.
Lech Walesa, former president of Poland.
Lech Walesa, former president of Poland. Unable to leave Poland as there was no guarantee that he could return, Walesa listens to the RFE broadcast from Oslo, where he has just been awarded the 1983 Nobel Peace Prize for his advocacy of human rights and his organization of Solidarity.
The tape library in Lisbon, Portugal
The tape library in Lisbon, Portugal, former home to some of the more than 60,000 reels of broadcast tapes that will be arriving in the Hoover Institution Archives.