Czechoslovakia: Purge in Prague

The scene was poignantly reminiscent of happier days in Czechoslovakia. As Alexander Dubček walked toward a waiting jetliner in Prague last week, a mechanic and an air hostess rushed forward to request his autograph—just as throngs of admirers used to do in early months of 1968, when Dubček's democratic reforms brought a Springtime of Freedom to the country. But this time, as another hostess and Mrs. Dubček wept openly, the former party leader turned the autograph seekers away. Then the man who had sought in vain to liberalize Czechoslovak Communism helped his...

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