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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 1, January 1956
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. V, No. 1, January 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • 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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Transcript Behind the Iron Curtain, the Fr Europe Committee has published numerous booklets and pamphlets on communism in eastern Europe. Radio free Europe, which is located at the Committee's headquarters, 11(| West 57th Street, is thus but one, though no doubt the most important, department of the Free Europe Commitee. While officially a division of a private- organization. Radio Free F.urope does of course not devise any arbitrary policy of its own. It has heen conceived as a private arm of the American government's foreign policy and as such reflects the respective competence or confusion of Washington. The principal editorial offices of Radio Free Europe, while taking their cues from New York and Washington, are located in Europe, especially in western Germany. European headquarters is at English Gardens (Englisclier Garten) 1, Munich 2.S. Germany. Richard J. Condon is European director. The largest broadcasting stations of Radio Free Europe are located outside of Munich and Frankfurt on the Main. Their principal programs are broadcast in the various languages of Communist-dominated peoples, such as Czech, Slovak, Hungarian. Roumanian, Bulgarian, Albanian, and Polish. INFLUENCE OF SOVIET POSTWAR POLICY In order to grasp the policy of these |iniLrrams, it is well worth recalling the Soviet postwar policy in the satellite nations of eastern Europe. For the sake of appearance and expediency, no outright Communist governments we're set up by the USSR immediately upon the end of World War II. Instead, there arose the so-called governments of "national fronts" or "people's fronts" or "popular fronts." Moscow's commissars saw to it that no parties of the reeil center nor. of course, any of the right wing movements were admitted t" these fronts; bul even the non-Communist left wing parties, such eis those of the Socialists or Social l),-m- ocrats. were from the outset largely led by puppets of the Soviet Union, nieiny of whom had up to then lived in comparative obscurity. Within the course of a few months or years respectively, these non-Communist leftist parties were forged into total tie.el- of the global Communist conspiracy. Freedom of election, assembly and press were abolished; trade and industry were nationalized: non-conformists, hv means of the "people's courts," were crushed, and "national committees," viz. Soviets, soon dictated and strangled all branches of public and private life. Thoughtful readers may wonder whv so many of the Socialist-minded collaborators were in due time permitted by the Communist authorities to leave their Page 12 Sen. Herbert H. Lehman, of New York, who was one of the founders of Free Europe Committee, Inc., of which Radio Free Europe is a division. countries. They cannot help being amazed to learn that it is mainly these collectivistic refugees from the satellite nations whom Radio Free Europe has entrusted with program-controlling petitions. These' iMarexians and statists were ballyhooed as "victims" of Soviet persecution, while practically all those who heul escaped from the Communists yvhen tin- I'u-siein armies swept over their countries, i.e., those who at all times had steadfastly opposed the Communist menace, were systematically excluded from Radio Free Europe. Is it possible lhal a geioel many of these Socialist twin brothers of the Communists were not prevented from reaching our side of the Iron Curtain because on the basis of their Marxist past tluv were likely lo confuse and adulterate the crusade of the free world? Is it possible- lhat some of them even promised merely to pose as foes of communism, and therefore in reality continued their collaboration wiih the Communists in the guise- of foes? \t anv rate, quite a lew of these recent allies of the Communists an- now earning considerable fees from the fiimls of the Crusade for Freedom, in payment of their ineffectual and |eheen\ psychological warfare. FORMER RED CONFEDERATES IN TOP JOBS The real champions of political and economic freedom, iln' real opponents of -telle- intervention, the real adversaries eif materialism, atheism einel tyranny were either rejected or fired hy Radio Free F.urope. and are now sitting on the side lines. The men of the Kremlin -sin hi Nl indeed be pleased with this curi- eeiis jeeelicy of Iteidio l-'ree Europe. To be sure, RFE's bosses offer us a ready-made excuse for employing so nian\ former Soviet collaborators in top positions. No one. llicy eiee-t. is thoroughly aware of Communist ousness than are those who have exl enced Communist tactics in pracl However — and this, is tin- crux ofl matter — not one of these former I federates of the Communists has forth with any protest against his foil collaboration, and none of the foi Communists on Radio Free Europe] come forth with any protest again-1 former communism. They shun thej of the repentant sinner. They all sudden pose eis e-xpe-rts of the demOfl way, as pioneers of individual, pera freedom. The Whittaker Chamber*! is excluded. By no means have all of these | merely posed as anti-Communists ' in ever so many instances they cou% help going soft on the Communisl V»ry Fe \ great many, being Socialists. *■" of' so blind with regard to limitedt en! D ertraits ernment and the free market " ""'mry, h einel still are such loyal believers nfe-n a h benefits of Soeieilist intervention, f ning and control, that they consis**urtaii eli-\ ise policies which play into the Mseeho: of the Communists by appeasing tjnI tin The- Polish. Czechoslovak and Bri pi ( garian broadcasting stations of ^' "ii Free Europe, which equal the po*»**»vali\ the German station in Munich- Radi 50,000 watts, run programs for 20 ^Scri) a day. Numerous short wave st-V. Tl send broadcasts in the various iilimjok f( eastern Europe three or four hours"Bleria It is claimed that 29 RFE statioi*4"'c oi now functioning. '" " The Czechoslovak station near M^/'e, is as strong as that of Munich or tWrci'j. the American Forces network. tttU'itld cilv. In operation since May 1. l"v " 3 covers political commentaries; *!al><-d commentaries; the international y 'hi tion (transmitted from the New' -''d le offices) ; programs for workers, P Eui ants, women, young people, an" ""it'i dren; economics; history; music; *''£•' leiiiinii-nl. etc., and news everv h° ' ""'' the hour. '' '-• lAetui SOURCE MATERIAL FAR LEf1" "/' , yehol OF CENTER .,. W( The over-all ideology of l'ie'e.ia' sl grams is largely determined by »..''"' members of the Czechoslovak Na£'j' I Front, i.e.. one-time Communist c ' '\ orators. From time to lime. the§e"<*nce receive written instructions on sfj* ! iwernr ■.hit CO subjects from the New York where left-wingers set the tone. Dr' tin Kvetko ami Dr. Julius Firt. ****"" and prominent former pro-Coiii'i'^ instruct all editors at regular m-v . C- f ..11.. —1 »_.! 1 I rUl"' Carefully selected hooks on -* , 11 or nism, clippings from such A"' . ,. ,. f clers ) ork V rnsniii publications as '/'!,,■ \, 'flic New York Herald Tribune- ... Life, He. items from lln- pretfl ' ican labor unions, material frnn1, munisl papers on ln>ili -hI.-* ° (T i Facts Forum News, JamtatHi
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