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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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Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript Miom the professors call the "leading democrats alter 1945"? The first of these is Ferdinand Peroutka, the foremost of the journalists "f tin' National Front, and now Chief °f the Czechoslovak Desk of Radio free Europe. According to Mr. Shepardson, Ferdinand Peroutka is a Catholic and independent who never was pro-Com- •uunist, and according to Miss Thompson, he easts off light. Peroutka was not a member of any Party, but in 1945 the Benes National Socialist Partv- nominated and sent him jjlto the Parliament of the National front. Besides being a socialist (as he Professes himself to be in the aforementioned program of January 29, 1955), he has been a left-wing "pro- pessive" "independent." Thus, in his book So or So, he wrote: Never in history wees Russia so mighty, never were the- forces eil Socialism so [aightfiilly arrayed. This is a new era eel history. Despite- this, some people are still thinking in an outmoded way. However, it ''■is not yet be-e-n peissihle- lee explain to all hat it is necessary lor capitalism to fall. In our country, there is only eme- evolu- '"ii possible: towards Socialism. Peroutka was also editor in chief of "' Weekly Dnesek (besides being edi- ,."' i" chief of the big daily Svobodne pXny). Here we can sec- how he "f ~"\? ! •Ought' communism. In Dnesek, No- '''hImt 27, 1947, an article staled: I ls il nut clear to all realistically thittk- JJjS-political men in Czechoslovakia that ithont tin- Cm ists anel against the -°" nists our country cannot In- governed? ., .**'o judicious, reasonable, realistically j'nking Czech pe »l it ii inr i has thought for J-,' -ut about the- creation e>f an anti- ""iiiuinist bloc, i According to the December 15, 1955 /""''' of Katolik, the Czech Catholic r.""-H-eekly (greatest of all Czech I 'Jtliolic- press in the free world ), pub- . "''I in Chicago, Illinois, which is, ,|"'"ig other functions, the organ of .'e official Czech youth Catholic or- ition: Sariiz; l ■}"< only elo we' judge Peroutka's actions, p l we also raise- criticism which we will :;| tu the- bishops of Czechoslovakia ij™ to the Catholic people. We vvill show b Christian thinking anel actions unele-r Ll^lltj5a's leadership ill linn- lit a (le-cisive- r?lit eif Christianity ami de racy against lu'i'"!""""-"1 were strangled, oppressed, J™ destroyed. |.-^|il,,s Vanek, who is Chief of the '""iiiic Department, and one of the "U; COjle M , important political editors of the Ij,"'1'"Slovak Desk, was one of the ,,s, lol> political leaders of the Czoch- 0,t0v'lK Communist Party. The Czech In" Lexicon, Prague. 1931. Appendix <, 1 »\ />rv/v .1 . A 7 1 „>h, \\-^"-'\ out" of the partv in 192,5. f- ** has he done since leaving the {"""mist Party? toftt Czech Masaryk Lexicon, Prague v,'.,vll Part, page- 655, says: '**» "°s Vanek works principally lor the Forum News, May, 1956 deepening of economic and cultural rela- tiems between the- CSR and the USSR. . . . He translated Trotski's book. Basic Problems of the Revolution (1925). . . . (Note: The Trotski book, Basic Problems of the Revolution, was published by the Communist Publishing Company, Prague, 1925, as the fourth volume of the "Lenin Library.") The Communist, Zdenek Fierlinger, now President of the Red Parliament in Prague, writes in his book Ve slit:- back CSR (In the Services of CSR), Prague, 1947, p. .35: There was here- a group of resolute Comrades, of whom the foremost were many who are today active Comrades: Krauman, Dr. Maiwald, Polcek, Ubiria, Pistorius, Dr. Janecek, [ng. Vae-c-k, Milos Vanek and others. To this can be added: Dr. Vacek was until recently Communist Lord Mayor of Prague (now retired); Dr. Maiwald was Chairman of the State Planning Office of the National Front; Milos Vanek, and also Jiri Pistorius now work for Radio Free Europe. In liis post in Radio Free Europe, Vanek has never repented his past deeds. Under his pseudonym of "Prav- domil Basta" he jovially talks about tin- non-fulfillment of Communist plans, and gives false advice to the people in the East, such as that con- cerning tin- monetary reform in 1952. The question arises — has Mr. Shepardson, who tried to get information about nu-. ever tried to obtain information about Comrade Vanek? Dr. Jaroslav Stranskv, Benes Socialist, weekly commentator on Badio Free Europe, is former Justice Minister of the National Front. He signed the tvosic-e Program, the decree about the extraordinary Peoples' Courts, the dee ire about the confiscation of property, etc. Vaclav Majer, festival speaker (as representative of the "Czechoslovak Democrats") over Radio Free Europe tei the pc-ople of Czechoslovakia, is a Social Democrat and former Food Minister of the National Front. He signed the same decrees as did Jaroslav Stranskv. In exile. Majer is the Chairman of the Czechoslovak Social Democratic Party. On March 14, 194.3, on the 60th anniversary of the death of Karl Mars. representatives uf Socialist and Communist parties met at Marx's grave in the London cemetery. Vaclav Majer said there, as reported in Cechoslo- vak, London, March 19, 1943: We believe together with Mars that Socialism is the way for a common Internationa] cooperation, lor a lasting pe-ae-e- and welfare of the- nations. 'I'eielav we are' lure', a hanelfiil eil Socialist emigres from Czechoslovakia. Hut . . . Marx's grave will be- the' pilgrimage place of mankind, liberated Ireini the- blinel captivity of de-ael economic doctrines. Dr. Ivo DucHacek, close friend of Dr. Hubert Etipka, is one of the- leading editors of tin- Czechoslovak Desk of Radio Free Europe in New York, and former Chairman of the Foreign Committee of the Parliament of the National Front. He is a man who really led the Peoples' Party under tin- National Front. He "fought" communism under tin- National Front in a manner indicated by his speech in the Prague Parliament, March 8, 1946, one of many speeches of like vein which are available for study: The alliance with Russia is a cause of all parties of the National Front. It is the result of their common efforts, the cause eil the- e-ntire- people, not of one party. . . . After all. the' competition in claiming e-re-elit (or the treaty with the Soviet Union is in its substance no bad feature. It . . . reasserts how all the- people of this ceiun- try really stand.behind this treaty. Dr. Josef Lettrich was Chairman of tin- Slovak Parliament of the National Front and has been Chairman of the artificially created Slovak Democratic Partv. At Christmas, 1943, he closed an agreement for special cooperation vv ith the Communist Party, as is shown on page 14 of the Kersten Report. I quote from one ol his speeches in which he explained why all non-Socialist parties were liquidated by the National Front, which appeared in Cos. daily of the Slovak Democratic Partv. June 19, 1945: We have' not restored the' e>kl political parties be-cause- we consider their programs to be outmoded. On January 25, 1948, one month before the Communists took over Czechoslovakia, Dr. Lettrich said at the session of the Slovak Democratic Partv iu Bratislava: The' alliance with the USSR is the- stalling point of our new foreign policy and of our security system. . . . This orientation i.s to be considered as the- invariable device lor our future political life. Lettrich was sent on one propaganda trip for the National Front to the United States in 1947, and now. in America for the second time, he is one of the leaders of the "Council of Free Czechoslovakia" and speaks over RFE as the representative of the "democratic Czechoslovaks." According to the Declaration of the Slovak Democratic Partv on January 10, 1948: We emphasize that we- are- in ae-e-orel vviih a thorough purree- ... of antistate elements. [The- purge- came one month later.] Dr. Petr Zenkl, a Benes Socialist, Chairman of the- National Socialist Party, was Deputy Prime Minister to the Communist Prime Minister Klem- ent Gottwald. He also must accept responsibility for the crimes of the National Front, since he was in a position of leadership in the- government on the day Czechoslovakia rejected the Mai- shall plan. etc. On Mav 7. 1917. in the National Front Parliament, Dr. Zenkl said: The faithfulness to the alliance- with the Page 55 V ( fs ing
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