A Letter From The Publisher, Oct. 10, 1949

A young Czech political refugee has just sent us a letter telling of the continuing hunger for uncensored information behind the Iron Curtain. It reports how a small courageous group of Czechs still manages to get news from the outside world, despite the ban which was imposed on TIME, LIFE and 25 other foreign publications 18 months ago at the time of the Communist coup.

Roman J. Halla, 23, arrived in the U.S. a few weeks ago after a year spent as a D.P. in Germany, where he worked as an interpreter for the U.S. Army while waiting for his chance to...

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