AUSTRIA: Der Optimist's Demise

One day last week, a melancholy little note straggled into TIME'S Manhattan offices. It came from the editor of Der Optimist, a small Viennese weekly. Said the note: "We are sorry, that we have to announce you already today, that our paper will stop to appear with the ist of March. The time does not yet seem to be favorable for papers with optimistic titles —at least not in Central Europe."

The Communist seizure of Czechoslovakia, which coincided with the collapse of Der Optimist, had produced a sobering effect on most Austrians. More than half of their country rested in a...

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