Czechoslovakia: Gottwald & Grandma

The position of a Red nation in Communism's ideological conflict can be judged by the location of corpses and symbols. After the 22nd Communist Party Congress voted last October to remove Joseph Stalin from the Red Square tomb he shared with Lenin, Czechoslovakia's Communist Party announced a similar assault on the cult of personality. Stalin ist Klement Gottwald, who led the party to power in 1948 (and died in 1953 of pneumonia and pleurisy contracted at Stalin's funeral) was to be moved from his mausoleum. But visiting Prague last week, TIME Correspondent Robert...

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