Czechoslovakia: A Step in the Darkness

Every morning, the 93 Czechoslovak tourists went sightseeing in a group, returning to their simple hotel near Stockholm's docks for lunch. Afternoons were free, but few of the Czechoslovaks used them for sightseeing. Singly, or in small family groups, the tourists slipped away to local police stations to apply for political asylum.

At first the tourists were afraid to discuss their plans with each other. Appearances to the contrary, they had not plotted their defection in a group before leaving Prague on the five-day, $170 Swedish tour. The idea had come to them individually, and each had kept it to...

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