COMMUNISTS: How They Do It

COMMUNISTS How They Do It

The U.S. State Department last week published a remarkable document. It was one answer to a question which has interested the West since the famous Moscow purge trials of 1936-38, a question which has become increasingly urgent with such postwar trials as that of Hungary's Cardinal Mindszenty, Bulgaria's 15 Protestant leaders and the U.S.'s Robert Vogeler: How do Communist secret police extort "confessions?"

The Communists' first victim to tell his first-hand story is Michael Shipkov, a Bulgarian. Shipkov was a translator for the U.S. Legation in Sofia, which moved out two weeks ago when the U.S. broke...