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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 ——— ■BMHMM ■■■ 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 immensely grown. 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 Page 26 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 National Fronters. 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 main unknown: 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"! . t* •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 00T!iis documentation is em file; wi' I iinim \iu*. i of pro;'"'1;1'']" I've is Forum News, Mat)i 1$ Set! 0r«; '(ft V°niirv lf -'ft.' s I line
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