COMMUNISTS: Gathering Faggots

East Germany is apparently to be the scene of the next big Communist purge trial. Already the faggots are being gathered. The chief sacrificial victim seems to be East Germany's mouthy little propaganda boss, Gerhart Eisler, the former Comintern agent who jumped bail in the U.S. and stowed away on board the Polish liner Batory (TIME, May 23, 1949). Last week Eisler was fired and his ministry dissolved.

Under the headline LESSONS DRAWN FROM THE SLANSKY TRIAL, the official organ of the East German Communist Party, Neues Deutschland, indicated that some other victims...