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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 2, February 1956
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. V, No. 2, February 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date February 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • 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 M je. Th. olice, the fl of terror. herds and tractor-drivers. The bosses are never named. Radio Free Europe never criticizes the mistakes or the treason of the past and thus never has to explain the real reasons of the Communist successes "i the past. In the same way as they conceal systematically all real causes ot the immunization of Czechoslovakia, they conceal also the real causes of Communist advances in other parts of the world. Let sleeping dogs lie — that seems *? be RFE's guiding inspiration, there is no criticism of Teheran, *alta, and Potsdam. These conferences, in line with the views of an A'ger Hiss, are regarded as just splendid. If only the bad men of the Krem- lln had not betrayed their solemn Pledges! We Teach History," on February H 1952, at 6:15 p.m., stated: "The Soviet Union broke the Yalta agreement and betrayed it . . . The ink on jhe document had hardly dried when the Soviet Union made'a display of violation and unparalleled cynicism." Sunday Comments of Ferdinand reroutka, on April 3, 1955, at 12:15 P.m., commented: "When the Yalta Papers were published, some individuals wanted to reprimand the Democratic leaders for lack of cautiousness, out any discussion of some little mistakes the Democratic leaders may have made would merely obscure the Principal wrong, which has been and remains the systematic deception contrived by the Russian statesmen, these realities ought to be clearly understood by the world. The Yalta con- erenee turned into a tragedy, not because of what was agreed upon there, out because the Soviet Union failed to honor the agreements." BROADCASTS AMOUNTING TO SABOTAGE Naturally, if we are deceived regarding our own stupidity, and even hetrayal, at Yalta, we are likely to ne.mifIn unaware of the stupidity and lerhaps even sabotage which have enaracterized a certain tvpc of RFE's etugee programs. Incredible though a may seem, Radio Free Europe- te r'nSc tne Persistent pleas and promts of refugees from behind the Iron , "rtain-in its Saturday programs has ottered detailed descriptions of suc- esstul flights from the Soviet terror. ■ ese broadcasts have named the locations where the border was passed, and indicated even the persons who, at the risk of their lives, assisted the escapees. there could not have been any bet- «r.means to alert the Communist j otice. The very identities of patriots to ^?stern Europe were thus disclosed ■asting, dec"Jj he Sovic' secret police, with the primitive ^ Pacts Forum News, February, 1956 by, ■<'"':,„ of today.1j) night to .'' it tomorro1 result that any recurrence might be prevented. How self-destructive, at the expense of optimistic American donors, can we get? Were the script writers and editors of these "sensational" programs really so naive that they failed to grasp the sinister consequences of their paradoxical role? Did they really not understand that their disclosures about the specific locations of escape would enable the Communist police to plug the last holes in the Curtain? Let us quote from the broadcast, "I Chose Freedom," of April 25, 1953, 8:30 a.m. "I went through Cerna Horka," the refugee interviewee revealed, "walking along the highway. Then I went back to the river bed of Vltava, in the direction of the Austrian Soviet zone. I approached the Jezuv creek . . . across from it there is forbidden territory ... In Frynburg there is a bridge across the river, and the road to Vyssi Brod. In St. Thomas there is the headquarters of the patrols. The bridge had been torn down. I made a float from an old fence and other wood I gathered. The river is about ten meters wide and three meters deep at that spot. (This was said in reply to a question from the broadcaster — Editor.) I guided the Boat by means of a pole, and then set foot on the forbidden side. I hid in the bushes and woods . . . On the highway to St. Thomas I encountered a barbed wire barricade, about three feet high. I found an old ladder in a hut which had been empty ever since the German's left. I broke it in two, put it against the barricade, climbed, and jumped to the other side. Traversing a distance of about thirty meters, I reached Jezuv creek, which is less than a meter wide. I crossed the creek and found myself in the Soviet zone of Austria. "In Austria, I followed the highway until I entered a little house below a hill. The Austrians who occupied this Three men who ore, or hove served as, officials of Radio Free Europe are: Dr. Jan Stransky, Assistant Chief of the Czech/Slovak desk of Radio Free Europe; the Rev. Alexander Heidler, S.T.D. 'Doctor of Divinity), advisor on religious programs for RFE; and Ferdinand Pe- routka, former Prague editor, later chief of the Czech/Slovak desk of RFE. WIDE wom.n PHOTO house felt pity for the refugee, and assisted me. They helped me to contact a friend of theirs in Linz who was to get me safely across a bridge in Linz, on the border of the Soviet and American zones. That man provided me with a forged identification card, into which we rubbed some dirt in order to make the name illegible. I joined a group of girls who passed the sentry at that spot. Nonchalantly, I produced the forged identity card for the sentry, and without looking back I crossed the bridge. I was in the Western zone of Austria." ENEMY ALERTED The Communist enemy could not have been more brazenly alerted. Letters of protest against such asinine (if not treacherous) interviews flooded the expellee press in Munich. Nevertheless, the interviews continued until 1954, by which time a great many of the cracks in the Soviet wall had been revealed to the Russians, and repaired by them. As late as May 9, 1954, at 3:45 p.m., the "I Chose Freedom" broadcast disclosed the exact details of a flight by express train from Decin, Bohemia, to Berlin. The interviewee described how he had concealed his presence at the Decin railway station, how he eluded the attention of the security agents, and how a "people's policeman" at the station in East Berlin helped him to escape. As late as April 2, 1955, at 12:45 p.m., again on the "I Chose Freedom" program, an escapee pictured the details of his flight across the above- mentioned bridge in Linz. Can there be any doubt that such interviews intimidate those behind the Iron Curtain who might be willing to cooperate with refugees? Can our friends behind the Curtain maintain even a shred of confidence in "psychological warriors" who indulge in Page 25
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