HUNGARY: Salami Tactics

With the Communists safely in power, Hungary's bullet-headed top Communist Matyas Rakosi decided the time had come to tell everybody how they got there.Writing in the party organ Social Review, Rakosi is cynically candid. In the free elections of 1945, the Communists polled only 17% of the vote while the democratic Smallholders Party polled 56.5%, a clear majority. But with the help of the occupying Russian army ("Soviet 'interferences' in internal affairs . . . were of great value in strengthening our party"), the Smallholders were persuaded to make concessions.

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