CZECHOSLOVAKIA: The President's Son-in-Law

From Czechoslovakia last week came a reminder that marriage to the boss's daughter can benefit a rising young Communist as well as a rising young capitalist. Out of the post of Czech Minister of Defense went General Ludvik Svoboda, career soldier. Into the general's former office moved 40-year-old Dr. Alexei Cepicka, son-in-law of President Klement Gottwald. Little known before 1947, Cepicka had married Gottwald's daughter after the Communists took over the government in 1948. As Minister of Justice, the President's son-in-law had masterminded a relentless, successful fight against the church.

Unlike Svoboda, new Defense Minister Cepicka...

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