AUSTRIA: Kidnaping at the Border

Four years ago, toward the end of the liberal regime of Alexander Dubček in Prague, a Czechoslovak electrician named Jaromir Masaryk, then 24, emigrated to South Africa. Last month Masaryk (no kin to Founding Father Tomas Masaryk) returned to Europe on a holiday, hoping to introduce his South African wife Patty, 22, to his parents, who still live in Brno.

When the Masaryks applied for visas at the Czechoslovak legation in Vienna, however, only Patty was granted permission to enter the country. The couple decided that Patty should go alone to Brno, where she would pick up her mother-in-law, then drive...

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