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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 5, May 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1956
Language eng
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  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript 1 ™ ■MM ■■■ ■■-■■■■■■ -J*~- ■ DOES RADIO FREE EUROPE pRO READERS' VIEWS owners' property there. It would lie unable.- to penetrate to 85 per cent of Czechs, who disagree with the Kosice thefts and the terroristic National Courts, whereby some 8,200 economic leaders of the nation have been condemned to hard labor sentences of from five years to life imprisonment. It is clear . . . that the RFE, paid for by American money, is propagating Socialist poison in Europe instead of the liberating ideas of free mind and the Western way of life. Is that being dime knowingly? On pur- pose? De. the- people that form the leading group in the Crusade of Freedom deliberately try to plant the spirit of Socialist submission to Communist rule behind the Iron Curtain, or is the Crusade for Free- eleini honestly what it says in its firm's shield? The- American-paid propagators of liberty may not know better, but at any rate- they eh. propagate communism under the guise of socialism, social democratism, democratic socialism, radicalism, Christianism, and whatnot. . . . 'Hi.' In.eel of the- Czechoslovak desk ele)es not profess any intellectual recognition and allegiance to the spirit of Freedom, tor which the Crusade of Freedom has been formed, but he does directly offer publicly his allegiance te> the pinkish — no, reel — system of the Bolsheviks, To a simple person like myself anel like 95 per cent of the' American nation anel the- free' people* e)f the world, such a confession should be enough to start putting our house- in eerclcr. . . . That the USA citizens would tolerate' the propagation e.f slavery from the RFE "Crusade for Freedom" action is unimaginable. . . . On. Jan A. Bata Amsterdam, Holland With meat jubilation one of my Czechoslovak refugee friends called last night to say, "I ve just re-ae! the past feiur issues e.f Facta Forum News anel finally, thank goodness, some American publisher has dared to present tacts against Radio free Europe. Now perhaps the American people will sec what an undemocratic thing the) arc supporting bv giving "['ruth Dollars' to RFE." .... As a journalist, it had long been a very serious concern of mine that I could not find any information about the content of RFE broadcasts. The American press Seemed to steer clear, except to toss an occasional generalized bouquet, and I was relying on Czech exile newspapers from Europe for my information. . . . (Mies.) Anita Dasbach St. Louis, Missouri .... During the past year, Mr. Shepardson has been informed about Communist infiltration of Radio Free Europe in Munich several times. I have sent some material concerning this matter to Mr. Shepardson, and he always confirmed its acceptance by a persona] letter. He thanked me for the information, but nothing more happened afterward. . . . Josef Kalxoda, Acting Chairman Czech Christian Democratic Movement \.w York, N. Y. Page 24 did not change their ideology even after 1945, and after 1948, they were the party to be persecuted first and most cruelly. The People's party was neither Marxist nor Socialist but had an entirely Catholic ideology. As already stated, if both parties had to accept certain Communist measures, it was only under pressure and it was the price for the permission to exist. This does not involve voluntary agreement. It was a hard and perilous fight that many of us who have now found an asylum in the West waged within the framework of the permitted anti- Communist parties. Many of us took a great risk in that fight. Does anybody believe that it would have been easier to fight without the cover of a permitted organization, the only sort of organization that had some influence on public affairs? It is your policy to hear both sides. . . . Not only Free Europe has been attacked; also the Czech nation and virtually each of us emigres has been slandered. We appeal to your American fairness in asking you to bring i" your paper our point of view, too. We do not mean to insist on your printing this letter if you are able to securf better and more detailed information from any other source of the same kind. But only by hearing our side. too, can you convince us that by print' ing the article involved there was n" intention of slander and offense o' your part. Dr. A. M. Gessmann, Prof, of Modern Languag^ Dr. X.Y.* Assoc. Prof, of Sociology Talladega College, Talladega, Alabama •Name withheld on requevt. Jiri Brada's Reply to Letters of Protest THE President of the Free Europe Committee obviously saw that the only possible- way to defend and to explain the policies of Radio Free Europe was to attack my character. However, before speaking of personal matters, I shall discuss, point by point, the few defense attempts on behalf of the Radio Free Europe programs which Mr. Shepardson made. First, in connection with Mr. Shep- ardson's explanation that "the Czech word socialism" also means "social justice," I believe he has been badly misinformed by Socialist employees. It is quite obvious that the Socialists, like the Communists, try to give to the term applied to their world philosophy the best possible meaning. However, the official Czech Otto Lexicon, Part 23, Prague 1905, p. 571. defines socialism as "the teaching about social institutions based on collective ownership." In every case in the official Czech Lexica, socialism and communism are mentioned together. However, as Mr. Shepardson undoubtedly knows, the word socialism is not a Czech word, but an international word. Simple reflection might have indicated to him that the word socialism means exactly the same in Czech as in English. In regard to Mr. Shepardson's accusations that I have misquoted and taken the words of Radio Free Europe programs out of context, he has him- si'lf misquoted a part of the RFE script by Ferdinand Peroutka of May 3, 1953. This consists of a falsification Haelio Free Europe did not put tl1; word in quotation marks. The US in showing the word socialism in <|uv ration marks. A photocopy of the orjj inal English text proves cli-aiK tn* or'1 therefore carries its full meanin.fi- , Peroutka and other Socialists on ■ Radio Free Europe staff seek systi"j atically to present examples :1"' proofs that socialism is not dead- ' plaining many deeds of the West ■ Socialist measures. For insta"' Peroutka teaches that America is '-.-, ing Socialist, and even that her ]'""\, dent is a socialist, in order to I-''1 socialism alive in the East. There are other RFE progr^ which clarify Peroutka's meaninfvy the use of the word "socialism. rL miliarity with other programs of R'1',,, Free Europe would show even . Shepardson that over the microph".1', and air waves used by this org.11",J tion, socialism is taught in its ■,, Communist meaning. While ct r(:. examples were furnished in tin; "(! installment of my article [Fuels f°r .i News, January, '1956] other instan substantiating this claim are — J On January 29, 1955, Ferd««| Peroutka, on the program "Su" Comments," said: We, the political exiles, who hi*u pj- factories, no mines, no shares and n° c,yfi tal, have not started a political 11C 3 abroad in order to acquire again vvwj J never had. We are no society e>f CuP ists. ... . i o' Humankind stands on the thresholJ a new era, and he who would c°1^. creeping back into some year ot ''"'.^ni1' into any past year, even though pt'rs 1$ Facts Forum News, Mail- Wnistrati Republic. "X-'ial me "lent. Th s°cia/i.s(, "ot a sir Social pre On J;m After \V The id, vented b- not give i On "L,; *■ 1955, Socialism f Wester, 'mPortant *"i it is t Any0nt [these 1 '*ed at fetation *hePards< Nee on S«gat h. hen c > of t Sal D fefc Mi > nat Kyaft. ^e pov, 0j • demo tl,,- S,0ciali H this f/ne er Kit01 J:* & g Word Re T" <t,She, Cthe C, Of><'lves ISetS, WPreacl iild- helP; C*ttag of nf-ast tl *Cr, s Fo
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