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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 1 —^-™«™m Does RFE Promote the Cause of Freedom? (Continued from Page 28) Bohemia, but someone else occupied my place at the last moment, and I had to wait until October, 1948, when my friend sent me via Moravia and Vienna to Austria, thence to Germany. He himself escaped in Spring, 1949, to Germany. In this way I have learned through my own experience the tactics by which the Communists force the people in the East to inform for them, the means by which they fully infiltrate the entire life in a Communist country through informers who control and check each other, and who then report to sly men in the background enabling them to paralyze every real resistance and make the Communist rule firm, instituting a totalitarian control which cannot even be imagined by the people in the West. All these things were stated in my sworn statement to the Kersten Committee of the U. S. House of Representatives in 1954. Although I spoke several times to Congressman Kersten, many times to Congressman Fred E. Busbey of Illinois, and many times to the Director, the Chief Investigator and others of the Committee, I did not deliver my statement in person, and have never maintained that I did, as Shepardson indicates. I sent it by mail, as I was advised to do, and received an official acknowledgement from the Committee dated July 27, 1954. Photostatic copy of the last page of my testimony is enclosed. ° Among others, I sent copies of this to Congressman Kersten, to Congressman Busbey, to Congressman Clardy, to Congressman Walter, and I discussed my case and experiences at length in 1953 with Congressman Kit Clardy of Michigan, then member of the House Committee on Un-American Activities. I also mentioned its main points to Congressman Francis E. Walter, Chairman of the Committee on Un- American Activities of the House of Representatives, whom I met in October, 1955, in Geneva, Switzerland. Naturally, all men with whom I cooperate here in Germany know my ease thoroughly. Before my article was published in Facts Forum News, Facts Forum obtained a copy of my testimony, also. In my testimony to the Kersten Committee, I mentioned that I had led the Foreign Section of the "Central Union of Czechoslovak Students in Exile" for several months. Although this organization served to unite Czech students, and some fine young Czechs •This documentation is on file with Facts Forum Xetvs. Page 54 were members, it was run by the Benes Socialists. However, some of the Socialists and adherents of the National Front charged that I was excluded in 1948 by the Communists because of my studies in Germany. I told them (but did not admit to them, as Shepardson states) what had actually happened in 1948, and also told them that their idol, President Benes, had signed agreements with the Communists. The Czechoslovak Socialist students were enraged at this, and this was the end of my cooperation with their Committee. This was in 1950. fn 1951 I was employed by Radio Free Europe in Munich, where I told in my application papers, and orally as well, of everything I have written here. I was accepted for work in the Archives, Reference Assistant and Librarian (editorial positions being reserved for Socialists and former Communists). In June, 1951, I told an American at Radio Free Europe that I was in contact with the Czech Democratic Federalists in Munich, who opposed the National Front, and thus also the personnel of Radio Free Europe. I was then interviewed by the European Director, Richard J. Condon, and finally spoke to Mr. Otto, then Security Officer of Radio Free Europe. Mr. Otto asked me to continue to visit the Federalists, to act friendly toward them, and to report their activities and inquiries to him. Thus he asked me to "cooperate" in exactly the same manner as had Thaler at an earlier date. I politely rejected his requests, and was then discharged in July, 1951. From the standpoint of Radio Free Europe I was certainly "grossly inefficient — just as grossly inefficient as I had been in cooperating with Paul Thaler. This, too, was included in my testimony to the Kersten Committee. After Radio Free Europe fired me. my application for emigration to the United States was rejected in August, 1951. However, since the time I started to work here in the field in which I am now working, the immigration agency has informed me (in 1954) that there is no objection to my emigration to the United States. Under the International Refugee Organization I have always had the status of political refugee, and have all the privileges of the U.S. President's Escapees' Program. I have never been a paid worker for the "Prehala Youth Movement." This is also gossip by the Socialist students, which Mr. Shepardson docilely re- peats. However, I would not object if this were true, for I highly e-ste-e-m the Czech General of the Army Lev Prehala, who spent World War II in Great Britain, opposing Hitler, and also rejected the pro-Communist policy of Dr. Benes and remained in London after 1945. Prehala is the Chair man of the Czech National Committe in London, and his program vvoul' promote restoration of justice, ordel private enterprise and property, ai* free economy in Czechoslovakia, # well as the right for self-determination of all nations of Czechoslovakia — tb< Czechs, the Slovaks, the Hungarians the Poles, the Ruthenians, and the Sudeten Germans. The aim of Genera Prchala's organization is to form ' federation of free nations in the Boh? mian countries. Mr. Shepardson, whos* Free Europe in practice rejects tbf right of self-determination for antjj Communist nations, calls the aim " General Prehala "the dissolution of tW national Czechoslovak state." While working in the archives Radio Free Europe, I discovered t^ speeches of General Douglas MacAj thur, Senators McCarthy, Taft, JenOT and others, in the U. S. Congressiotjj Record and in newspapers. Also, il'' the first time, I read about and sfl pictures of Communists and subvfl sives in America. With astonishment! recognized these subversives as K longing to the same internatiooj group as do the Secret Police in a" Mast, as well as the men in Radio Fi** Europe and in the U. S. Intellig^j Service. I realized then what gfg sabotage is being committed b\ I Free Europe against the people of'" East when it suppresses every in<* tion of the identity of the subv. in the West. Because they have heard of the work done- anel the Bgjj put up to expose subversives bv Sl)J men as Taft, McCarthy, Walter, M ner, Velde and others, many people? the East remain in apathy and in ^'] servience to the Communists. 11 the cause of communism in the I'j when Radio Free Europe conceals "* sly methods of the Communists to ?:l1 others as informants. The same attacks which the V&\ dent of the Free Europe Coiiin'1'1' makes were made against me tbrj years ago by that American writer frothy comment, Dorothv Thom|,M- when I published a booklet on ii»; Council of Free Czechoslovakia ,1 i the personnel of Radio Free Eur'lljj, Dorothy Thompson's letter to llanighen of Human Events was f \|f was J lished with a reply in the Mav, \t. issue of the Slovak Newsletter, SU''(L town, Pennsylvania. Of Ferdinand r routka, Dorothy Thompson wrote: He is my husband's first cousin. • Im Walter Lippmann and I we-re- among .j sponsors. . . . He possesses high "tt'r,'r3' gift anil extraordinary political pi'11 .jf, tion. He can be- eloquent, ironic, s,t,',vi' anel, being a man who burns with t'ic,. eif truth and freedom, he- casts off lip'''*, Who are these men who are 9 ning the most powerful station East, ruling the refugees by mea"*-,- the purse, and receiving high sa \.£ll from America? Who are these '' Facts Forum News, May, Miom i ing den The 1 routka, K the f> of the Flee- Ell Ace or jtnand Pependf "Uinist. son. he Perou Partv. li Socialist jnto the front. B ferofesse "lention 1955), I Jressive' Thus, \i-vi-i •ever « pightful history. I "linking gas not j mat it is In our '"'ll puss Peroul feweek r»>ch 'Sim/ i fought M>er : , Is i, „ ">K polit »hout 1 ^"iiinim "tried? ,, No in Bunking ;" ti -"iiiiiMHi . Ac-c-ore Se of N-we, h(' "Ihe,' Bnizatio
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