USSR and the brotherly love for the peoples of great Russia are for us, Czechs and
Slovaks, sincere ties which are valid for
our whole nation. Therein lies the symbol
and duty for all those who lead or want to
lead the policies of this nation.
Today this Socialist and pro-Communist, a man who formerly was only
Lord Mayor of Prague and who became Deputy Prime Minister and leader of the Socialist Party only through
the influence of the National Front,
the Communists and other like groups,
is speaking over Radio Free Europe.
Dr. Miloslav Kohak, Socialist, former leading man of the National Front
press, who owes his career to the National Front, is former Director of the
Czechoslovak Desk in Munich and
now works in New York for Radio
Free Europe together with Dr. Vratis-
lav Busek, Socialist, and leading editor of Radio Free Europe in New York.
Kohak, together with Busek, signed a
declaration addressing members of the
Benes Socialist Party after the Communist takeover, which was published
in Svobodne Slovo on Feb. 27, 1948:
With a sincere heart we stand behind
the faithful alliance and friendship towards
the USSR and the other Slav countries. In
this cleise alliance we welcome the cooperation with all progressive and peace-loving
forces of the Western countries, and we
condemn the subversive efforts of the reactionary capitalism and imperialism so as
it corresponds to the tradition of our freedom-loving nation. We welcome tbe decision of the President of the Republic,
which lead our State out of a grave political crisis, and we stand without reserve
behind the Government of the National
Front under the leadership of Klement
This, again, is a sample of "elimination of Communist influence by democratic methods." Today both of these
"gentlemen" represent non-repenting
National Frontism on Radio Free Europe.
Dr. Martin Kvetko was regional
Minister of the National Front in Slovakia. Today he is Deputy Director of
the Czechoslovak Desk of Radio Free
Europe in Munich. During his work
as regional minister, forced labor
camps were erected for the enemies of
the regime of the National Front in
Slovakia. When the Communist coup
in February, 1948, came, Kvetko remained, of his own will, in the Parliament, and voted for the new Gottwald
Government. In his name the following resolution was read:
We have never gone along with, do not
want to go along with, anel shall not go
aleing with any party or person who follows a course that is against the people,
against the interests of democracy and
those who are against the people or the
State, in alliance with world reaction, and
are acting contrary to our convictions and
revolutionary ideals. Any such contrary
course is in conflict with our deep Slavic-
consciousness and against our ally, our
liberator and guardian, the USSR. This
alliance is our only guarantee of the free
evolution of the Czechoslovak Republic
with the promise of a secure future . . .
and we shall take our stand against anyone
who might desire to bring misunelerstanel-
ing into or destroy this alliance. ... As
elected representatives of tbe people ....
we shall vote for Gottwald's program.
After this declaration, a vote of confidence in the new and purely Communist government of Klement Gottwald was expressed by 230 out of the
300 members of the National Assembly, Dr. Martin Kvetko among their
number. A photocopy of the first page
of Narodna Ohroda, of March 12,1948,
showing the vote in the Parliament on
March 12, 1948, and Including Dr.
Kvetko's name is enclosed.0
Karol Belak-Berger is one of the
most important political editors of Radio Free Europe, who was a journalist
during the National Front.
Even in exile, Mr. Belak upholds the
National Front and Socialists. In Sku-
tecnost, November, 1949, Geneva, he
We are not happy that the Third Republic National Front did not succeed,
that socialization failed, that Renes' conception failed. On the contrary, we would
be happy if these things had succeeded,
anel we were ready to draw the consequences.
Dr. Julius Firt was one of the leading men of the National Front press.
Today he is the Director of the Czechoslovak Desk of Radio Free Europe in
Munich. From the voluminous material about him, let me quote an interpretation in the Prague National Front
Parliament of December 18, 1945:
The Czechoslovak people, organized in
the parties of the National Front ... do
not wish anything (other) than a most
sincere friendship and true brotherhood
with the Russian people and the entire'
This was signed not only by Dr.
Firt, but also by the following members of Parliament, servants of communism now working for Radio Free
Europe: Ferdinand Peroutka, Franta
Klatil, Dr. Antonin Hrebik, Jarmila
L'hlirova (all Socialists).
Dr. Jan Stransky, son of Jaroslav
Stranskv, former member of the National F'ront Parliament is today Deputy Director to Ferdinand Peroutka in
New York, and director of the Freedom Balloon Action for Czechoslovakia. His past speeches in favor of
the Soviet Union are known and available from the stenographic minutes of
the Prague Parliament.
Mr. Shepardson has accused General
Prehala, the Slovak anel the Sudeten
German "Separatists" with wanting to
dissolve the "national Czechoslovak
state." Actually that state was dissolved when in 1945 the National
Front handed over the Eastern part of
it to Soviet Russia, transferring the
Carpathian Ruthenians into direct Soviet slaverv. Dr. Stranskv said then
"This cloeume'ntation is on file with Fuels Forum
(December 12, 1946, Prague Parliament ):
(It was) a new bond, which strengthened further the Soviet-Czechoslovak
friendship. It was a decision whose Tightness will in the long run be confirmed by
history. One decision which we do not
repent, and which we will never repent.
Dr. Stransky's performance in Radio
Free Europe to this day indicates n°
repentance of such past decisions.
Dr. Hubert Ripka, former Minister
of Foreign Trade of the government
of the National Front, signed the Kosice Program, as well as the same de;
crees signed by Stransky, Majer and
In his book East and West, Ripka
The Bolshevism of Lenin and Stalin
represents a creative synthesis of specifr
cally Russian and certain Western ele*
incuts. . . . We Czechslovaks make nt)
se-erct of our genuine satisfaction that
Soviet Russia is beginning to participate
in European and world politics as a strong
Dr. Ripka was, for a long time. Foreign Secretary of the "Council of Fr^
Czechoslovakia," to which the Rao'"
Free Europe men belong, and which''
also financed by Whitney H. Shepafjj
son s Free Europe Committee, iirK*
because of an investigation by of
Senate Internal Security Suborn,'11
tee he was dropped from that positWj
Mr. Shepardson said that there *j*
millions of Social Democrats in CzefJ
oslovakia and the professors say th*
the Socialists have been the best fig'1
ers against communism.
The following declaration sh<"^
how the Social Democrats fought ci"^
munism. When the Communists w'e"j
preparing in 1947 for full seizure .
power, the Social Democrats "f"'1'- ,
them so hard that they requested
convention with them and persufld
them that they were not against c°'
Pravo TAdu, the official daily of0*
Czechoslovak Social Democratic 1'
ty, September 12, 1947, carries ^
common Social Democratic-Con1",1 j
nist communique, at the end of *8
Tn their common session, tbe repre'se-'11
fives of both parties ele-e-iile'el to issue
proclamation tei tin- members of tn*J]
parties, to make e-fforts to restore als1* I
the- future- the- atmosphere of a harmonl0 ^
cooperation. Manifesting the will f0I!.p
e-lose- cooperation, which is the conoit'5
for thwarting the aims of the Reaction j*.
which has to ensure in a successful ,-t...
cratic way towards Socialism, both ',:1 Ui
the Communist Party of Czechoslov'11 ^
and the Czcehoslewak Social DemoC*J
Party, will strive that within the- Nat*J
Front, the Socialist Bloc in its bio
sense he- revived.
This is the- maimer in which o^m*
c-ialists in RIFE "fight" eomm""J
even today. Thev- suppress all 9
Communists and then try to w i". ■
Communists over by maintaWJ
"We an- also for Socialism — w'6'
Facts Foiuwi News, May,
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