DOES RADIO FREE EUROPE Pr
Iron Curtain is attacked more intensely
by the Communists than Peroutka;
hardly a day passes without the Communist radio and press pouring out
invective against him." He stated that
in the nineteen months ending December 31, 1955, the Soviet Union made
or inspired a total of 1,826 Communist attacks on Radio Free Europe,
and that there could be only one
reason for this Communist campaign
of denunciation — to try to destroy
Radio Free Europe.
Peroutka, whose commentaries are
repeated every week about three or
four times, is the symbol of Radio
Free Europe. It would be helpful, I
am sure, to show you just what these
Communist attacks against Radio Free
Europe amount to, how the Communists see RFE and Peroutka. Peroutka
himself boasts of being attacked by
the Eastern Communists. To cpiote
Peroutka s own words —
October 10, 1953, 12:15, "Sunday
Comments of Ferdinand Peroutka":
Radio Prague calls me a "dog whose
barking does not reach the heavens," or
"tlie ielie.t, blowing a trumpet." . . . The
"dog, whose barking docs not reach the
heavens" makes me wonder. Perhaps it is
so. There was once a delightful and appealing heeiise', Idled with sundry valuables; bad people crept up to it during
the night; the faithful dog barked, but the
inmates slept and beard nothing, and the
bad people penetrated into the house and
seized everything. The Communists were
preparing the dictatorship and, true
enough, my voice did not reach the heavens. Yet I know that the number of people
who now promise themselves to be more
vigilant should the dog bark again has
The kind of barking for which the
"faithful dog" Ferdinand is today responsible is the same as it was in
Czechoslovakia. Once harmless towards communism, today the same —
and this barking was helping communism then exactly as it is today.
The Communists needed such dogs
then, and they need them now.
The Communists have had no better
ally in the West than Radio Free
Europe, and they like nothing more
than bandying words with the faithful
Ferdinand. While they would like to
destroy all broadcasts from the West
across the Iron Curtain, they would be-
most unhappy if Radio Free Europe
and its barking dogs were destroyed.
ANSWERING THE PROFESSORS
Before coming to strictly personal
matters, I feel it proper to mention the
letter of the professors of Talladega
College, Alabama. I most decidedly
made no statement in my article about
the Czechoslovak people, for in reality-
there are Czech people and there are
Slovak people, nor did I supply any
information about or against the
Czech people. I feel that the Czechs
are slandered by those who maintain
that the majority of Czechs are Socialists, and who try in this way to uphold
RFE's preaching of socialism. This is
exactly what the professors did.
In my opinion the Czechs are a very
fine and able people, in the majority
anti-Socialist, of Western and Christian orientation. Although Shepardson
and the professors might like to keep
the Czechs forever loyal to the National Front, it was merely an exception that the 1946 elections showed a
predominance of votes for Communists, Marxists and Socialists, due to
the fact that hundreds of thousands
of voters were kept away from the
polls. In Slovakia, nearly 20 per cent
of the adult voters were so denied
voting privileges, because the non-
Socialist parties were forbidden to
vote, and were persecuted, and also
because the votes of many were
bought by the Communists, who distributed stolen Czech and Sudeten
German property in payment for voting privileges. Also chargeable to the
National Front leaders now employed
by RFE are actions for which the
Czech people are not responsible, including the expulsion of the Sudeten
Germans, and of the Hungarians, who
were robbed of all property, tortured.
beaten, and worse. Of these about
300,000 perished during the expulsion,
Although Shepardson. the professors
and Peroutka apparently wish it otherwise, most of the Czech people and
the Slovak people are anti-Socialist.
In the last free elections, in 1935,
the non-Socialists and anti-Socialists
among the Czechs and Slovaks were
in a nearly two to one majority over
the Socialists. It must be mentioned
that the Agrarian Party (liquidated by
the National Front) was the strongest
partv among" the Czechs and Slovaks.
Contrary to the professors' statement, everyone holding a position in
the National Front in 1945-48 had to
be a Communist collaborator. However, some of these former leaders of
the National Front rejected their past
and denounced the National Front
when coming to the free West. Others
have stuck to their former activities.
the National Front and the Kosice
Program, to the present time. They
uphold their actions of the past under
the National Front, and preach the
same things today.
Radio Free Europe has made a
strict and crystal-clear distinction between these groups — it has employed
only and exclusively the non-repenting
The professors' opposition to the
Yalta agreement would seem sound.
However, RFE does uphold the Yalta
agreement. The professors are not
informed about RFE programs — and
yet defend them. Why?
Since Mr. Whitney Shepardson b»
seen fit to inject personal comment
let me say that Dr. X.Y." is not a
independent intellectual writing Spot!
taneously from his patriotic heart i"
protest against my article. He is j
left-wing Socialist, collaborator of tin-
magazine Tribune, and a member <"
the Czechoslovak Foreign Institute jl
Exile. He is connected by persons'
and political friendship closely WWJ
those who are entrenched in Radi"
Free Europe and the "Council of Fre*
Czechoslovakia" (called also Nation*1
Front in Exile).
I enclose photocopy of an article M
Dr. X.Y. in Tribuna," the officii
organ of the Czechoslovak Forei]
Institute in Exile. In the same iss"''
Mojmir Povolny advocates nation*?
zation of production means, and tin1'
is also an article by Jaroslav Dies'1''-
an important RFE editor in Muni1'1
One of the associates of the Czech0/
slovak Institute in Exile was Ku'''1
who was also connected with "'
Hubert Ripka's secretary. Kubal «*
arrested by the French police 8s
Communist agent in 1952.
The Czechoslovak Foreign Instil11'
in Exile has its parallel in the Czech*
slovak Foreign Institute in Prap11''
which publishes Ceskoslooensktf S*fl
The Prague Institute supports *1
Czech and Slovak Communists l'v'"'
in the West. The Czechoslovak F"'('
eign Institute in Exile, of which v\
X.Y. is a member, supports Czech -l'\
Slovak left-wing Socialist intellect"*1
in the free world. ..:.
A directive summarizing the I" .'(,,i
cal aims of the Czechoslovak I;""!t
Institute in Exile, which is led by v
X.Y. and his cohorts, states
The- transfer of the means ...
into the hands of the workers is th'1 ""^
way leading to the- increase of woll-nt?l1
anel prosperity a ng the largest c'laS\L
'Ihe organizational directive of j
Institute covering operating P°\;-
states that certain members must
The Czechoslovak Foreign Institute*!
create a group within groups. 'Ihe iin jtf
mily ol its members is'to eonstitiitc.J^
greatest strength, because it is not pOsS
to defeat an invisible /lower. ff
Dr. Hubert Ripka is often ^
tinned as tin- founder of this Ins",, 1
Dr. X.Y. is in any case a lull-bl'.""f;i-
Socialist. He probably owes D"!
•Dr. X.Y.'s Identity ev;es revealed le' N,r;(t. ■
priur le, re'ee'ipt e,f his re'eieie'St that initials .
itirated tea hia name. fr
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