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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
Subject
  • 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 ——^^"M^BMMM^MBi m^m-mmim** DOES RADIO FREE EUROPE as follows: It should be pointed out that the Communist advance in Czechoslovakia was greatly facilitated by the behaviour of the the non-Communist parties and their leaders. This "democratic elimination" of the Communists by the "Czechoslovak Democrats" ended successfully when the Socialist President Dr. Benes (even today praised by RFE) signed the papers of the new Communist Government and continued on as President, Czechoslovakia already being 100 per cent Communist. In the days of the Communist coup, I spoke to a fellow-student at Brno University, Miroslav Karkan, who was a member of the Benes Socialist Party, and who had behaved before as an anti-Communist. Trusting Karkan, I spoke openly against the new government, and also declared that this was the fault of President Benes. Several days later I reported at the university to take my final examinations. The examining professor said that he could not examine me, because the Communist Action Committee of the University forbade me to take the exams. About two days later I was visited by a plain-clothes policeman who took me to police headquarters, and then to the apartment of a student of my faculty, Paul Thaler, Masa Street 18. Thaler and the policeman declared that they knew me as an enemy of the people's democracy and of communism. Then Thaler read, verbatim, mv words spoken to the Socialist informer, Karkan. the words I had spoken against communism and against the National Front President Benes. In addition, a false accusation was made that I had sent a reactionary person, who could not get an exit visa, to Great Britain in 1917 on false papers. They indicated knowledge of my studies in Germany and at the Kuratorium, and said that they were going to prosecute me in the Courts. Thaler told me they were going to destroy me because I was an enemy of the people. He declared further that even a flight abroad would not be of any help to me. because they have their people everywhere, even in the West. Thaler also declared that he was the head of the Communist secret service at all universities and poly- technicum in Brno, and in charge of the purge of the universities. He then read to me Minister Jan Masaryk's declaration that he would cooperate with the new Communist government, and the declaration of the university president, who said the same. He told me that President Benes recognized the new government, and had accepted it; that it was a legal Page 28 government, and it was my duty to work for it. Then Thaler asked me to report to him on the opinions of the other students of my faculty. He instructed me to continue to speak against communism, listen to what other students said, and to write everything down and submit reports to him. He assured me that they merely wanted to know the opinions of the students about the new government in order to be able to act accordingly, and that they would not do anything to those stndents-that they would be treated in the same way as I was treated. I could only pass my examination if I would do this for three months. Upon satisfactory completion of that time, I would not be required to report further. On the contrary, Thaler declared to me that he knew my abilities in science, and that thev would support me in my career and secure a very good position for me. On the other hand, he said that if I did not do so, they would destroy me, expel me from the university, and put me into a labor camp; that I would never in my life be able to finish my studies and work in a profession of my own choosing. Thaler asked me then to sign two forms for him (this is the basis of Mr. Whitney Shepardson's statement that 1 had "twice signed a contract to lie an agent for the Communist police"!) Partly under the influence of his sweet, sly talk, partly in anger against the Benes men of the National Front who had caused this situation, who had kept me without political rights before, and then even denounced me to this Communist, I signed these two forms. Had I not signed them, I would have been arrested immediately, for they had taken me into their confidence too completely. I could not feel any friendship toward them, for they had expelled and killed the' Sudeten Germans, suppressed all decent Czechs or jailed them, and there was nobody whom I thought it necessary to protect. The semi-Communists of the National Front seemed to me to be still worse than the open Communists themselves. Why should I protect one against the other0 My signature to these two forms satisfied them for the time being, and they released me in a most friendly manner and told me to come back one week later to bring my first reports. I stayed at home during that week. It was a very hard week, and I became actually ill. For the first time I realized that there are situations in life when one can think of suicide. When 1 went into the city, I met several stu dent friends on the streets who attempted to speak to me, but I avoided them, and did not answer their questions. They trusted me, and perhapj if they knew of my misfortunes- would want to sympathize with me' however, I felt a friendship for then' that would not allow me to implies"] them. One week later, on the day the si"' cide of Minister Jan Masaryk was aj nounced, I went again to Thaler. Tn'j time he was alone at home, and I to him in a friendly manner that I simp' could not do what he had asked me' He told me that I should think it oVq some more, and report to him again that in the meantime I would not l* able to take my examinations, and tha if I did not do what he had asked tfle' I should regret it. They let two months pass, and wW I did not report at Thaler's apartn1'" again, they excluded me from the °' versify. I was among the first student approximately fifteen in number, iwj were excluded from the Philosopnl'J Faculty. They excluded mc from ' universities in Czechoslovakia, tun16 me over to the Labor Office for for^ employment as a laborer, and reui'^j, against me the proceedings before "I local Soviet of Brno, introducing <<"'j proceedings against me in the caseii the reactionary person I had allege sent illegally to England in 1947. I succeeded in postponing forced labor employment by pret<'"•. ing to work as laborer at my lin jj farm, and the proceedings at the co" and the local National Coinm1™. were moving slowly. Finally, sh'" before my escape, they were stoprj by the general amnesty of the % President Gottwald. However, my "' thought at that time was to escK abroad from the terrible milieu w'1 j had caused such unbearable tin"1" in my life. .» In the meantime I went to the vm (Chairman) of the Philosophical *■ ulty, and told him everything tha* j Communists had asked me to aO,M of Thaler's connection with them- , pi Dean was then able to inform ai" I warn other professors and office",! the faculty. Also, two days •>'''',''j' first discussion with Thaler, I had ,jj Mr. Miroslav Pechan, my best W?JJ $, Brno (student of the law faCuHgl Brno, who now lives in Canada) ;l yf the entire situation. He was a rnc^ t* of an underground organization*™ which he was able to give the "1j)i! mation about Thaler and Karka*! promised to help me escape t°'J ''' ,il II" West. It had already been pWJ that I was to go in May by **J (Continued on ''"'" I've is Forum News, Mail- $ '«** Pon
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