AUSTRIA: No Change

After 13 years of Dollfuss, Schuschnigg and Hitler, Anschluss, war and defeat, a record turnout of about 3,500,000 Austrian voters had their say last week in a free election, for a change. The Austrian voters said, decisively, that they did not like Communism. In the zone occupied by the Red Army they said it stronger than anywhere else.

The result was the second rude jolt to Russian prestige in Russian-occupied lands in a month. Hungary's Communists had been snowed under by the Small Holders Party (TIME, Nov. 12). Now Austria's Communists went down to defeat even in the working-class districts...

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