A Letter From The Publisher, Apr. 5, 1948

Shortly before the Communist coup in Czechoslovakia, TIME-LIFE International publisher of our overseas editions, received the following urgent message from a subscription donor in Canada:

"We entered a subscription for LIFE and TIME in the name of — (a Czechoslovakian citizen). This happened to be a Christmas gift. Now the subscriber says his life has been threatened if he continues to receive your magazines. Will you, therefore, stop service immediately? . . ."

In response to this prophetic warning, TLI struck the name from its list and began its own investigation of the hazards...

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