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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 promote the cause of freedom? reer to the Free Europe Committee, *hich has a virtual monopoly on Placing emigres on American univer- Slty staffs. As a professor of Sociology "' an American university, he teaches ^merican students that socialism, at jjast in Europe, is a fine thing, and ■"at the Socialists have been the tough- ?t fighters against communism in tlie fcast. „ T'le program of Benes' National ™cialists, which the professors call Poetically "a program of social justice j"1'' the betterment of human rela- °ris" includes nationalization of in- "stry and other non-poetical and 8jy Socialist measures. ., ' agree with the 'professors that (" Socialists, the minority of the >*ech people, should be liberated l"1"" the Communists, but I see a c''s|c difference between liberating Qalists as compared to preaching Sialism, and forcing non-Socialist '"'"ns to accept socialism in the ""re through the means of American n°n''y spent on RFE. 'he Socialists of the National Front '""e to the West in order to keep Wer Xhey conspire to suppress all "-Socialists, and, if their pla t*ed la from the Communists —or, to be ins suc- '> to take over the leadership of the v','tivized property in Czechoslo- ^ '■> Irom the Cominu t|)('r(' exact, to share it with them. By ]. !'' egotistic aim and their general r,r °f intelligence and understanding i(.| '"' international conspiracy they, j,/0 constitute a minority of the Czech ■i(i P'e and of the exiles, confuse and \i,0l fate the crusade of the free r(. ''• It is interesting that these men Si*,.*''S('nt the kind of anti-Communists j„jPardson and his Committee seek 1 support. PERSONAL HISTORY ^though the President of the Free <j| i°Pe Committee has accused me \„ 'ilving been a leader of a Nazi l|]C ' Organization in Czechoslovakia. •j,,r,|th is somewhat different. \m P°Pu'ation of the Bohemian V' (Western Czechoslovakia) j^j 'sted of about 7 million Czechs 'h0u; million Sudeten Germans. Al- Nier ■ t'u' Sudeten Germans lived in I>r,pp,"lzable border regions, the Czech 'hly "tion is nevertheless consider- Vg^cd with the Germans. I have \ p hated the Germans — as have "ist » "ave alwavs been anti-Commu- K 'he Kuratorium for Youth Edu- fftAi Communists and Socialists ways been anti-Corn mu- at the age of 20 years. I r; which was a mixed German- Net;., Organization. I was never a t ,-f°n'"y °f that organization, and e it alter several months, ill the same v ear of 194.3, after becoming dissatisfied with its activities. This organization was never declared to be Nazi or Nazi-affiliated by the Allies, and even the Red Government of the National Front did not declare it to be Nazi and did not persecute its members. It was only the "Kosice Government Program," which, according to the Kersten Report caused the com- niunization of Czechoslovakia, which declared: Persecuted will be the functionaries of the' "Kuratorium for Youth Education," members of the "Vlajka" Committee, members and functionaries of the "Central Trade Union of Employees" and of the' "Union of Agriculture and Forestry." . . , [Mr. brada's italics] In fact the Kosice Program persecuted everyone who was not pro-Communist and who had some property. According to the Kersten Committee: A charge of collaboration with Germany served the' Communists as a pretext for imprisoning and condemning ;dl potential opposition. Everybody's political past was (o lie- cheeked by verification commissions, by procedures before courts and commissions, which were' withelelt basis in the penal laws . . . tens of thousands of persons lost their jobs, civil rights, property and liberty itself. The Kosice Program of April 4,1945, was a Red paper, prepared in Moscow. It established the National Front Government, involving only Communist and pro-Communist parties and was led by the Communists Fierlinger and Gottwald, as Prime Ministers, and the Socialist Dr. Benes as President of the State. All Czech parties of the center and the right (the Agrarian Party, the- National Democratic Party, the Artisan Party, etc.), as well as all Slovak parties which before World War II had constituted a majority of Czech and Slovak deputies in the Prague Parliament, were- dissolved and prohibited, and even the pro-Communist parties of the National Front in man\ cases were given new, Communist-chosen leaders. Freedom of election, of speech and of the press were abolished. Only the press of the National Front was permitted. People's courts were established in order to persecute all reactionaries and traitors; the industry and trade we're forcefully nationalized and collectivized; local Soviets, called National Committees. were established; and 3J> million Sudeten Germans were expropriated and expelled, hundreds of thousands of them had to die. It was a bloody Red regime, led by the men who are now in the top positions of Whitney Shepardson's Radio Free Europe. The President of the Free Europe Committee, as an "effort to defend Radio Free Europe," accused that I H s Pobum News, May, 19.56 had studied at a university which was restricted to Nazi collaborators. This is false. I studied one semester in 1944 at the University of Rostock in Northern Germany. In autumn, 1944, I became ill, and remained at home in Brno until the end of the war. This university was founded in the year 1419 as the first university in Northern Germany, and, as in other German universities, many foreigners studied there during its existence. Even Czech student — except the Communists — could study there even during the war. Requirements for admission were scholastic standing, knowledge of the language, and general intelligence. The Germans, as I remember, made only racial investigations—but no collaboration with the Nazis was necessary. The fact is that after the war I was not persecuted because of the Kuratorium or the studies. I was fined about two or three thousand Czech crowns (a few dollars in the currency of that time) by the Local National Committee in Brno (the local Soviet) and was kept away from the 1946 elections, not because of any "Nazi affiliations," but because of a private anti- Communist letter which got into the hands of the Reds in 1945. The best proof of these facts is that I was admitted immediately upon application in 1945 to studies at the Czech University of Brno by a commission of three university professors and one student. The student, a Communist, refused to sign my admission papers, but was overruled by the three professors. I regained my voting right in 1948, but then in February of the same year came the Communist coup. 1 do not believe it is Mr. Shepardson's duty to persecute me through such personal accusations at this time when even the National Front did not do so earlier. Although Radio Free Europe follows many a Communist line, I refuse to accept such a "smear" from Mr. Shepardson for the sole reason that he has no better defense for his pro-Communist Radio Free Europe. It will probably happen again and again that the Communists, and those who follow their line, will call all anti- Communists Nazis or Fascists. In February, 1948, Czechoslovakia was taken over by the Communists, assisted by the present Radio Free Europe men, who, according to the professors, tried "to eliminate Communist domination bv democratic methods." Before this, however, they had eliminated all non-Communists bv undemocratic methods. The Kersten Committee describes their elimination of the Communists by democratic methods Page 27 V i is
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