DOES RADIO FREE EUROPE pRO
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
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-
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
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
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.
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'
Dr. A. M. Gessmann,
Prof, of Modern Languag^
Assoc. Prof, of Sociology
•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*
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"
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
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