Czech officials snapped like kindling under the purge ax. After arresting former Foreign Minister Clementis as a "spy," Czechoslovakia's Red bosses went after his appointees. The Czech ambassador to India, Bohuslav Kratochvil, refused to go home, instead chose freedom in Britain (TIME, March 12). Less smart were three of his colleagues. When called to Prague for "consultation," they obeyed, and were promptly shunted to minor jobs. The three:

¶Vladimir Outrata, ambassador to Washington, a well-groomed, wealthy drawing-room Communist. His wife, a longtime Communist who had guided her husband into the party, had her first indication of trouble when her car...

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