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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
Creator
  • 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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  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript of the other twelve million were robbed of their property. Most of mem were beaten and tortured. Naturally, the Czechs and the Poles rear the vengeance of their former ^■crnian co-citizens. Understandably, <he Communists do all they can to Keep this fear alive among the Poles and the Czechs who are under their domination. It would be the duty of Radio Free ".u.rope to counteract this Communist Policy bv telling the Poles and Czechs nf j nun,erous manifestations good will and the sincere desire for ,0"^ 1 ful RaA T" Q"Qy shows " P°rti°n o' the power- Port,, i° ee El"0Pe tronsmitter plant at Lisbon, Iron r ' Where RFE broadcasts are beamed into "on Curtain countries [^"neihatioiion the part of displaced ^i-iiians living in Western Germany. gacao Free Europe does nothing ^f offi *<trt lt c'oes not even report the (Ve'v, aj5reements which expelled ; -ech statesmen have signed with the l'<nnan expellees. , 'j1 summary, RFE's stand on the asfo§Unp0rtant expellee problem is a- It does not even mention the Peaceful attitude and program ol the German expellees. ''• It ridicules exiled Czechs and 1 oles who do not hate the Germans. c- R fails ever to refer to the re- "iiukable past achievements of the Germans in Czechoslovakia and to examples of German- Lzech cooperation. 'It never mentions how the expulsion of the anti-Communist Germans enabled the commu- ACTS F°nuM News, February, 1956 nization of Czechoslovakia from within. e. It continually harps on the persecutions the Czechs and Poles have suffered under German domination. f. It damns the Germans with faint praise, and slyly, in veiled fashion, even incites the Slavs against the Germans. g. By upholding the expulsion of fifteen million Germans and defending the Oder - Neisse border, it follows a line of nationality policy which is identical with that of the Communists. ADVICE TO FOLLOW , COMMUNIST SUGGESTIONS There are many other — apparently often harmless — occasions on which RFE's line coincides with what the Communists desire. Why men should be paid by Americans to broadcast from expensive stations what our Communist enemies want in the first place is not easy to grasp. Particularly baffling examples of American - Soviet coincidences have come from the desk of Milos Vanek, chief of the Economic Department of the Czechoslovak Desk, RFE, Munich. Formerly one of the most prominent leaders of the Czech Communist party, Vanek still feels urged to counsel Czechs in harmony with his former confederates. Early in 1952, Vanek busied himself forecasting an immediate inflation, and advising the people to invest their cash in goods, including the expensive products of the Communist gray market. Innumerable programs have carried this message to the Czechs. The broadcast of January 23, 1952, at 6:45 p.m., admonished the Czechs: "The Communists in Czechoslovakia are about to unloose inflation. Invest all your savings in goods, buy whatever you can, even the expensive articles on the government market." There was no inflation; but the refugees from the satellite country reported that the Communist government at that time spread exactly the same rumor of inflation and also advised to spend all savings because it wanted to draw in all "surplus" money without any monetary reform. A year and a half later, when, of a sudden, the new value of the Czech currency was announced, neither the Communists in Czechoslovakia nor Vanek in RFE had given any warning. When the Communist government asked for shock brigades of volunteers to plant new forests, Vanek enthusiastically chimed in. "Help to plant new trees," Vanek exhorted the Czechs on the "Economic Program" of May 1, 1953. "The Communist regime," he announced, "will perish, and the trees will be for your children." Other programs have offered similar advice. "Program for Women," October 24, 1953, at 1:45 p.m., counseled to sell quality goods to Communist state stores "because the Communist stores are selling the goods to non- Communists, and it is not good to cheat non-Communists. "Program for Workers," March 23, 1955, 2:10 p.m., suggested that workers ask foremen for extra work because it would mean extra money for them while it would not really help the Communist cause. Along the same line, the old collaborator. Otto Graf, interviewed a fellow by name of Fonda Hornik, who said: "I thus earned 2,000 crowns extra—it pays not to be lazy." Radio Free Europe, thus, does not urge the satellite slave workers to relax if not slow down, it spurs them on to work harder — for their Communist masters. Those in the know were not surprised when "worker"' Tonda Hornik, in June. 1955, was exposed as a Communist agent. One of RFE's editors, Robert Lou- kota by name, had gone to the extreme of appealing to the Czech workers not to absent themselves from work; but the protests from refugees who had listened to this monstrosity were so impressive that RFE had to back down and. in a broadcast of April 10, U'llil: WORLD rHOTO Free Europe balloons arc set aloft by the Crusode for Freedom on the German side of the Iron Curtain. They bear the word "svobodo," Czech for "freedom." 1955, at 12:45 p.m. ("We Call the Communist Party"), tried to minimize the importance of Loukota's aberration. Do these editors who urge the Czech people to follow such advice have a soft spot in their hearts for the Communists — or are they following the orders of men whose hearts and minds are hard as steel? (To Re Concluded) Page 27 C--
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