POLICIES & PRINCIPLES: Show Trial

POLICIES & PRINCIPLES

In a courtroom known as the Solemn Hall, in Sofia's grey Palace of Justice, 15 Protestant pastors went on trial last week on trumped-up charges of treason, espionage and black marketeering. This time, the Communists were less hostile to foreign observers than they had been during the hasty trial of Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty. The world watched the slow, orderly proceedings at Sofia through 25 foreign correspondents and two official U.S. and British observers. But as one churchman after another took the stand and wept, shouted and whispered his "confession" and...

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