CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Bread, Votes & Treason

Time & again, cocky, assertive Czechoslovakian Communist Party Boss Klement Gottwald assured the Kremlin and warned the West that he intended to convert Czechoslovakia into a one-party (Communist) state. But between plan and fulfillment stood next May's elections, in which Communists have set out to win an absolute (51%) majority. Last week, with voting six months away, Gottwald's campaign was in shrill swing.

Gottwald's party got 40% of the vote in Czechoslovakia's last election (TIME, June 10, 1946). Since then he had, in fact, been losing ground. Soviet failure to deliver promised...

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