Viewpoints of the Soviets
Czechoslovakia began its history as World War One ended and it was freed from the rule of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Austrians were a part of Bohemia and Moravia, pieces of the later Czech Republic, while the Hungarians remained in Slovakia.
As Czechoslovakia was given its independence on October 28th, 1918, Czechs and Slovaks became one nation, although ethnic differences persisted into the postwar years. Such differences remained potent as Hitler and the Germans overtook Czechoslovakia during World War Two, partitioning the land in Slovakia and weakening the Czechs.
The Soviet Union made agreements with the Czechoslovaks and came to their rescue, but soon the communists overtook the country completely, and by 1968, the Soviets were no longer the saviors they had been. This political cartoon depicts this well as the very same Soviet soldier accepting flowers in 1945 shoots down a little girl in 1968.