Dredging Up Bad Memories

The lustrations currently sweeping Central and Eastern Europe first broke out in Slovakia, where late last year the government-sponsored Institute of National Memory (UPN) began publishing the names of some 10,000 alleged collaborators from the files of the former secret police, the StB. The final batch of names was released earlier this month. Among the accused is Archbishop Ján Sokol, 71, one of the country's three most senior prelates and an opponent of the communist regime. Yet according to StB records, Sokol agreed to collaborate with that regime just as it was collapsing in 1989. Sokol says his registration as "agent"...

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