National Affairs: 1,158 Went Back

Along the frontiers of Europe a word heard ever more loudly is "redefection"—meaning the return of a refugee to his home in the Communist empire. Last week an Emergency Commission of the International Rescue Committee, having completed a two-month study in Western Europe, reported that 1,158 refugees went back to their Red homelands in the 13 months ending Jan. 31, 1956. During the same period about 6,000 non-German Europeans fled Communism by slipping through the Iron Curtain to the West. Among the reasons for redefection, according to IRC: Communist propaganda appeals and threats of reprisal against the refugees' families; the refugees'...

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