CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Windborne Message

Over hilly Sudetenland and the spires of Prague, thousands of white paper leaflets fluttered down. Each night for four nights 2,000 plastic balloons spilled out 2,000,000 leaflets. That was the way the people of Red Czechoslovakia got the real story last week of how Locomotive Engineer Jaroslav Konvalinka raced his Prague-Asch "freedom train" across the Czech border into Germany (TIME, Sept. 24).

Konvalinka himself helped the West's new private and enterprising propaganda agency, Winds of Freedom,* launch its balloons at the German town of Selb, where the train, with 108 people aboard, had ended...

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