The World: The New Ice Age

The intellectuals of Eastern Europe have yet to benefit from the improving political climate between East and West. If anything, their lot has deteriorated, particularly in Czechoslovakia, where the leader of the Politburo's hardline faction, Vasil Bilak, seems to be carrying out a witch hunt against suspect liberal ideas. The lessening of tensions, Bilak has announced, will not result in official toleration of "rightists, opportunists, revisionists and organizers of counter-revolution."

Presumably to combat such scoundrels, the country's libraries have now started combing their shelves, removing thousands of works by some 300 Czechoslovak...

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