CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Red Blueprint

Czech Reds had always claimed that the pro-Communist coup of February 1948 was a spontaneous uprising by the masses to thwart a reactionary conspiracy. Last week the well-worn lie, its purpose served, was discarded. With Czechoslovakia's police state well entrenched, Deputy Prime Minister Zdenek Fierlinger* could afford to tell the truth: "Plans for a new people's democratic Czechoslovakia were made in Moscow" even before World War II ended. "Stalin in the Kremlin, with ingenious foresight, drew the outlines of a new Czechoslovakia, as well as of a brotherly new Poland, on the map of central Europe. A new government...

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