It happened during the first year of World War II, but the story of the Soviet rape of the Baltic states has never been fully and publicly told. Wisconsin's Republican Representative Charles Kersten, chairman of a special House investigating committee, last week began putting on the record one of the grisliest stories of this grisly century.

The historical framework: the Baltic nations of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia broke loose from Russia after 1917's Bolshevik Revolution, became thriving little democracies (total population: 6,000,000). In June 1940, Soviet troops, cops and commissars invaded and occupied the three nations. Driven out by the Germans...

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