CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Stronger Than Truth Itself

Since Koestler's Darkness at Noon, the Western world has been able to understand, however dimly, the motives that make loyal Communists confess crimes they did not commit. Since the trials of Cardinal Mindszenty and Robert A. Voge-ler, the Western world has also come to realize that relentless and refined pressure on body & mind can make the firmest anti-Communist admit to outlandish offenses. What still remains puzzling is why Communist trials, so carefully stage-managed as spectacles, can be so blatantly inept as to strain the credulity of a high-school boy. Did the...

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