Czechoslovakia: Another Purge, Another Premier

Five purges have rocked the Czechoslovak Communist Party in less than a year. In the latest, down went two Deputy Premiers, the Ministers of Finance, Food, Transport and Fuel—and Premier Viliam Siroky, 61. Siroky, announced the regime of Red President Antonin Novotny, was guilty of "shortcomings in his work" and "certain mistakes in his past political activity."

Siroky's biggest mistake, it seemed, was to help topple Rudolf Slansky, the party leader who was hanged in 1952 along with ten other Reds on trumped-up charges of espionage and treason. This was irony indeed,...

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