RUMANIA: Ana on the Slippery Slope

Without the slightest hint of praise for her valuable services in the past—such as the time she unselfishly let the executioners of the NKVD dispose of her husband—the Communists tried to explain last week what led to the downfall of Rumania's Ana Pauker, the beefy First Lady of Communism (TIME, June 9).

Ana was left with her title of Foreign Minister, and was even allowed to sit on the ministers' bench one day last week while the National Assembly awarded the premiership of Red Rumania to her archrival, Gheorghe Gheorghiu-Dej.* But, no doubt about it, she was in bad...

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