The Communists: Ironic Reversal: The Ordeal of A. Dubcek

Two of the most extraordinary men in the history of Communism last week commanded the attention of their countrymen. One of them led his country into a period of terror and repression so traumatic that his own people denounced him after his death, overturning his statues and pulling down his pictures. The other, who tried to blend socialism with Western-style personal liberties, won the deep respect of his countrymen. As history so often does, it reversed the roles of the two men. The represser was resuscitated, the reformer repudiated.

The political tragedy of Czechoslovakia has turned into an intensely human...

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