CZECHOSLOVAKIA: A Small Ceremony

On May 6, 1945 the 16th Armored Division of General George Patton's Third Army freed the Czech city of Pilsen from the Germans. Two weeks ago the U.S. Embassy in Prague notified the Czechoslovak government of American intentions to hold a small ceremony in Pilsen in celebration of the fifth anniversary of the freeing of the city. From the Czech Foreign Ministry came a prompt and frigid reply: "In view of the fact that the Czechoslovak government is organizing the celebrations of the . . . liberation of the Republic ... it does not consider the celebrations by the...

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