AUSTRIA: The Dossier

The dossier is one of tyranny's most useful tools. Under the Communists, not even the highest official is exempt. In his dossier are recorded the youthful mistake, the relative's sin, the forgotten careless statement. The victim may walk free as air, but the dossier is like a terrible hook, invisibly lodged in his vitals. With a twitch of the string, it can bring a man down. It can even humble a nation.

Dr. Alfred Sokolowski has served Austria well. In Vienna, city of shadowy relationships and shifting allegiances, no one worried too much about his...

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