Foreign News: Pride and a Priest

In the line of the Russian Army advance lies pint-sized Slovakia—and trouble for practically everybody concerned in the affairs of postwar Eastern Europe.

The Seed. A powerful minority of the 2,500,000 Slovaks has long given the impression that they are all devoutly Catholic, anti-German, anti-Czech, antiCommunist, preeminently pro-Slovak. Their hilly land (14,484 sq. mi.) had been a part of Hungary for 1,011 years when, in 1918, the Versailles peacemakers joined Slovakia to Bohemia, Moravia, Silesia, and created Czechoslovakia. (Ruthenia, which the Russians entered last week, became a part of Czechoslovakia in 1919, was...

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