International: Unhealthy Future

Two years ago, Czechoslovakia's Foreign Minister Jan Masaryk jumped or was thrown to his death from a third-floor window. Last week, Czechoslovakia's President Gottwald "accepted the resignation" of Masaryk's successor, Vladimir dementis, who now faces the unhealthy future of a Communist purgee.

Clementis' fall from grace was no surprise to the West. Though a steadfast Marxist of many years standing (he was a Communist member of Czechoslovakia's Parliament in 1935), Clementis had aroused the Kremlin's ire several times. In 1939, he denounced the Nazi-Soviet pact; ordered to Moscow to explain this, he refused to go. Instead, he spent the war years...

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