On the day after Christmas, Hungary suffered one of the worst train wrecks in its history; 20 were killed, more than 100 injured. But few Hungarians knew of it. According to later reports, Matyas Rakosi's Communist officials simply executed the train's engineer and suppressed all news of the incident. The first the Hungarians heard of the disaster was over a Voice of America broadcast.

Last week in Munich, another Hungarian engineer—one who got away—was supplying the Voice with more facts about Hungarian railroading under the Communists. He was a young man who...

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