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Sample commentary by Mathias Walden,   pp. 28-30 PDF (1.2 MB)


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move from Party offices to jails. And finally, today, the Liberal Demo-
cfatic. Party of the Zone issaued a statement approving of the-dismissal
of Famman and announcing a strict screening of all state functionaries,
of the LDP. Furthermore, the activities of all LDP functionaries are to
be placed under continuous surveillance in the future. Tuschke's CDU
issued a statement in the same vein. The time of the great purges has
arrived. Nobody knows exactly who will be next. Everybody suspects every-
body, and every evening the fear of their own system goes to bed with
those who are still the rulers today, and in the morning that fear rises
with them. Some, however, and amoung them is Kreikermeyer, axe already
waiting for trial. Those people who now feel the sword of Damocles
hanging over their heads did not need the Pragne example to find out the
chances and risks connected with being functionaries of the Party. All-
they need to do is  to look around. wherever the arm of the Kremlin
reaches: it is the same story everywhere.
In Bulgaria almost exactly three years ago Traitsche Kostow d-ied'
on the gallows. He was Secretary General of the Communist Party and.
Deputy Minister President. Together with him ten other leading state
functionaires were convicted, among them the Minister of Foreign Trade
and the Minister of Finance. Even the Chief of the S bate Secret Serviee
became a victim of the purge. In Hungary Leszlo Rajk died on the gallows
on October 15, 1949. He wqhs a member of the Politburo and Foreign
Minister. In Poland W9ladyslaw Gomulka is still awaiting trial. He was
Secretary General of the Communist Party and. Deputy Minister President.
In Rumania Foreign Minister Anna Pauker became a victim of the purge.
It is -not known for sure ifshe has been arrested in the meantime. The
Attorney General of the Rumanian People's Republic, Coitinovitoi, was
dismissed during this year. In Albania the Secretary General of the
Comimunist Party, Kotschi Dsodas, was executed in 1949. Obviously the-se
examples are not complete.
"tAnd the developments in Czechoslovakia are still in everybody's
mind. Nobody will think that'Slansky was the last one. But one thing-
is startling, namely that so far it has struck more severely in all
M:oscow-controlled countries, including the Soviet Union itself, than
in the German Democratic- Republic. Since socialism is to be built
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