DOES RADIO FREE EUROPE
nists are daily poisoning spiritually our
.... Brada has pointed out the Red
shadows in RFE openly and he has informed the American public on the basis
of clear proofs about the fact that under
the formally anti-Communist theater of
Radio Free Europe are being nurtured
Red outfits. We are ready to supply you
with tens and tens of evidence-documents.
Dr. Stefan G. Lukats, Vice Pres,
National Committee for Liberation
of Slovakia, Washington, D. C.
In the biographical sketch of Mr. Jiri
Brada in the January, 1956, issue of Facts
Forum Sews on page 10 then- appears
the following information: "Unlike many
other Czechoslovaks of his age, he never
joined the Nazi party. . ."
This is rather a serious indictment ol
tin Czechoslovak youth, isn't it?
When tlie Nazis invaded Czechoslovakia. Mr. Brada was some sixteen years
old, and at their defeat a little over
twenty-two. Just what reliable proof do
we have to justify the insinuation that
young Czechoslovaks apparently indulged
in joining the Nazi party? Don't we owe
the Czechoslovak people an apology for
such a statement?
Grace W. Fox (Mns. John P.)
Maplewood, New Jersey
.... While I was a member of Con-
gress From the Sixth Michigan District
and a member of the House Committee
on Un-American Activities, I visited Germany and most of the other European
countries. I became acquainted with Mr.
Brada prior to my visit through correspondence, and met with him while in
Germany. My intense interest in the fight
against communism quite naturally Ted
tne to an investigation of all the activities
of the several groups claiming to be helping in that fight.
I have read many of Radio Free Europe's scripts. I have checked on the
background of many of those employed
by that group. I have talked with many
people in Europe about Radio Free
Europe and Voice of America.
It is my considered judgment that Mr.
Brada's presentation i.s sound and accurate. I am convinced that Radio Free
Europe, while professing to fight communism, is doing it in a most peculiar fashion. Of course they have said a great
many harsh things about Communist
leaders, but they do not really operate on
a militant, completely anti-Communist
line. . . .
Fast Lansing, Michigan
The Czechoslovak Foreign Institute [referred to in the Radio Free Europe
articles] is important because (I) a large
number of the principal characters in
RFE are members, and (2) it is an infiltration center which serves the purpose
of sapping and undermining the morale
of Czechoslovak refugees and preventing
any true anti-Communist movement from
taking hold. . . .*
Kurt Gl iseh
Washington, D. C.
'Documentary material, including copies of
the Directives of tbe Institute, are on file with
Facts Forum New$.
Professors Disagree With Brada
To Facts Forum News:
[Re] your article, "A Close-up View
of Radio Free Europe," we are not going to deal with [the author's] utterances about Radio Free Europe or his
fantastic incriminations of the U. S.
intelligence and counter-intelligence.
These organizations may be supposed
to be resourceful enough to find
answers of their own. What we, however, are strongly concerned about is
the author's offending general statements — or rather misstatements —
about the Czechoslovak people who
are defenseless against calumnies being fed to a too credulous American
public. We feel really ashamed that
such an attack is being made by the
son of a Czech mother.
We will just pick out some of the
most outrageous points of the article
that can be answered without awaiting
the further installments of dirt to be
poured out by the author on his own
(1) The box on page 10 [January
issue] contains the following statement:
"Unlike many other Czechoslovaks
of his age, he never joined the Nazi
party nor any of the organizations
which, upon the defeat of Nazi Germany, were declared to be Fascist. . . ."
This, of course, seems to be i/our
statement based on information supplied by the author. This statement is
— we are proud to be able to bear witness against it — diametrically opposed
to the facts. It was the young Czech
generation, and among it particularly
the students, who offered the toughest
resistance to Hitler's barbary. Have
you ever heard of the bloody students*
demonstrations on November 17, 1939,
which led to the abolition by the
Nazis of all Czech universities? Have
you ever heard of the thousands of
young Czechs that were shot to death
Or confined to concentration camps For
non-conformism? Have you perhaps
ever heard of a whole age class (that
of 1924) being "donated" to Hitler to
be assigned to slave labor in the Reich
lie-cause of their failure to conform?
Mr. jiri Brada is soiling the memory
of the thousands of victims from
.inning his own age group who gave
their lives for freedom and democracy
in German jails and concentration
camps if he says that main- young
Czechoslovaks joined Fascist organizations or even the Nazi party! . . .
(2) Mr. Brada — like many other
people, particularly from Sudeten
German circles — would like to nuikf
the American public believe that ever)
one who held a leading function in th*
non-Communist parties of the "N"'
tional Front" was a collaborator, th*
"so many of the Socialist-minded cm
laborators were in due time permittee
by the Communist authorities to leaVj
their country," and that the true pjJJ
pose of their going abroad was '
confuse and adulterate the crusade
the free world." The undistorted hlC
are as follows:
(a) Our people had the misfoiti""
of being exposed to slavery WW
within a single decade: once-, at M"1'
chov (Munich) in 1938, by MessJJ
Chamberlain and Daladier, and '",
the second time, at Tehran in l9*j
ar.d Yalta in 1945, by - we are sorfl
to have to say it —your President F.M
Roosevelt. We were sold by °u
friends and allies without having I"'',
asked; we had no say in the dirty o''^
But the men who loved their pcop1
had only two alternatives in bo'
cases: to resign and leave the m
without a struggle to the domes'
traitors, or to keep on fighting and trj
to save what they thought could *'',,
be saved. This is the reason whv,"'
1939, Dr. Hacha and many othi
pie (not all of them were evil-min''.
traitors) held on with their ofin
under the so-called Protectorate. "'
why Dr. Benes and the London gr"llt
of the Czechoslovak emigration
home in 1945. After the Tehran
deal, the Soviets and the don'1'*',,
Communists had in fact become ''.'.-
masters but there seemed a hope *\
to be left: that the Czech democ^J
backed by the tremendous authorw I
President Benes, would succeejW
gradually eliminating ComffljfiE
domination by democratic mety-H
We today, having the benefit ol *
hindsight, know that all these attefl
were Foolish and doomed to I-11!!,;
But in 1945, very few of the le«"$
democrats had at least a tiny s^jd
of this knowledge, and those J
organized in the non-Communis' V^.
tie's in order to fight communis1"1 a
not know anything at all. N°
would have dared to imagine 8» _
time how completely our count') ,t
been traded to the Soviets by
Western friends. J
It shall not be denied that aUJl
Communist parties, but parti''"^,-.'
the Social Democrats, were inn'~!%
by Communist agents. This '"Vg^
apparent after the coup d'etat of lj$
It is also true that the non-Corn"'1.rl,ii:
parties had to join the National
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