CZECHOSLOVAKIA: Secrets from the 'Prague Spring'

Among the thousands of Czechoslovak intellectuals, politicians and statesmen who fled their native land in the wake of the 1968 Soviet invasion, few managed to get out with much more than a few personal papers in their pitifully skimpy baggage. Like most refugees from Communist dictatorships, the information they carried with them was confined to what could be conveniently stored in the human memory.

Not so Karel Kaplan. A former Communist ideologue in Czechoslovakia who blossomed as a party liberal during the short-lived "Prague spring" of 1968, Kaplan has assembled in West Germany what he says is a vast...

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