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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 "■■ ———^^ ■«™i ™ 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 Gottwald. 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 Page 56 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 wrote: 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' Soviet Union. 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 Xews. (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 Lausman. In his book East and West, Ripka wrote: 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 world power. 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 til 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°' munism. w 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 we read: 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 ■ re'il'" fctagai aueh acl *e def< victory, nail sket pJrnmui only rig] Pranti Vorninui ionium] fember : Badio F k'ned R ,, Zlle'M,. Pee Ei Vonta, -. 9- 1947. Simila aboiit ot Beakers «&Filo Mi etc' to,' 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, boek', '"Xlk I) tc- Mar "M- 11, Nimir P>e of th, as Prod, fgon, p; Nio Fr fctwith ' " """■ l> brot R/ra tie, "Un I" p&,nth' K^attl fete Rfusu Sbb\for( N '"s' M avail %i;,l I- n"'-otl, s;;, 1,'IK M-,„
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