A cold war pickle from occupied Czechoslovakia when Marta was a girl, the seeds of change were in the air. The Prague spring was loosening the grip of communism on Czechoslovakia, bringing newfound freedoms and butter pickles. The warsaw pact, clinging to their soggy pickles and outdated ways, invaded in august of 1968 to halt reform and sickle the pickle. Having tasted freedom and a better pickle, Marta escaped in the night with the secret recipe for the occupied pickle, hidden safely in the lining of her jacket. For two decades, the occupied pickle remained a symbol of the revolution. Speaking of it was a crime, recipe books were burned and those caught making it were hauled away in the night. Soggy soviet spears were a bitter reminder on the dinner plate. In 1989 soviet control began collapsing and “down with the sickle, up with the pickle” become a rallying cry.