Communist Dissidents: The Memory Hole

Communist Dissidents: The Memory Hole The readiness of many Westerners, from political leaders to street demonstrators, to denounce repression in Spain is rarely extended to the totalitarian Communist countries. Yet from their very beginnings, the Eastern European regimes made a practice of coldly liquidating their opponents on charges of "terrorism"—usually fabricated. Even today these regimes hold political executions on occasion (almost never an¬ nounced), while the most peaceful forms of ideological, religious and national dissent are still punished by long terms at hard labor. The most compelling example: the...

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