AUSTRIA: The Catchers Caught

To the officer on duty at Austrian State Police headquarters in Vienna, it was a familiar story. A man had rushed in to say that he was being threatened by agents of the dreaded Hungarian AVH. The officer calmly noted down the answers to his questions. Name? Dr. Tamas Pasztor. Age? Forty-six. Status? Hungarian refugee. Profession? Formerly a journalist in Budapest. Married? Yes, to an American woman now in New York trying to expedite Pasztor's entry into the U.S.

What was his complaint, asked the officer. On his way to work that...