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
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
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
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*!
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!
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. '' '-•
SOURCE MATERIAL FAR LEf1" "/' ,
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* !
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 -*
nism, clippings from such A"' .
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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