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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jim (Georcki I1kvii\. author of thc Following
article on Radio Free Europe, was horn in Brno.
Czechoslovakia, on March 8, 1923. He is a student
of psychology and sociology, and well versed in
several languages. His references include a famous American general, present and former members of Congress, and members of the Bavarian
During the years of Nazi occupation, Jiri Braih
worked in a factory and also managed to do some
studying eit the English Institute in Brno and the
I niversity of Rostock. Unlike many other Czechoslovaks of his age', he never joined the .Nazi party
nor any of the organizations which, upon the
defeat of Nazi Germany, were declared to be fascist either hy the \llics or the postwar government of Czechoslovakia.
Following World War II. Jiri Brada studied
history, philosophy and law at the I Diversity of
Brno. After the Communist coup in Czechoslovakia, in February, 1918. the Communist Action
Committee expelled him from the I Diversity and
declared him ineligible for study at any other academic institution behind the Iron Curtain. When
he refused to become an informer for the Communist government and consequently was threatened
with immediate arrest, he illegally crossed the
Czech-Austrian border, on October 2, 1918.
Since January, 1949, Brada has been active in
a variety of refugee organizations in Germanv.
From May, 1951, till July, 1951, he was employed
by Radio Free Europe, as a reference assistant
and librarian. He is now a journalist in Germain.
\ vigorous opponenl of socialism as well as
communism. Jiri Brada, in his testimony for the
Committee on Communist Aggression, V. S. House
if Representatives I Hon. Charles J. Kersten,
chairman I, of June 28. 1954, made a number ol
statements which warrant the attention of
thoughtful and alert Americans. As an example,
Mr. Brada has made thc serious accusation that
"the American Intelligence Service (CIC and
CIA) is not interested in investigating anything
aboul the Communist system."
"lhe American authorities," Brada has testified, ''take as source of information not the opinions of the anti-Communist refugees but the Communist radio ami press in the Easl . . . they swallow every Communist swindle and show to the
East clearly that they also arc either unintelligent enough to be misled or are Communist*
dominated . . ."
" lhe center of the Ci twist world conspiracy," Brada hei- staled in the conclusions of hi-
sworn testimony for the kerslcu Committee, ."!','
"seems thus to he situated now in tbe West, in all ^ (...
these radio stations, as the Voice of America ,S(.i,
(and) Radio Free Europe, the American Intelli* 'Iii•--
gence Service, the CIA and lhe CIC, in the west- -'* \\
ern crypto-Cominunist press and radio, in the |
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