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(June 1951)

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The Dallas (Texas) Morning News said in part: "The
Czechs have been in turn betrayed alike to Hitler and
Stalin. But there is no question that the torch of freedom
still burns. It must be kept alive to preserve the young
generation against the intellectual darkness of Soviet
propaganda. The Voice of Free Europe, financed by
America-wide contributions to the Crusade of Freedom,
will serve the purpose, bringing enlightenment and hope
to the nation whose heart has never faltered."
Optical Illusion
The Washington Star, in an editorial April 25, said:
Nothing seems to be going smoothly in countries on
this side of the Iron Curtain. Our newspapers are full of
stories about how we are all pretty much up in the air,
or bogged down, or at sixes and sevens, or plagued with
violent controversy, or in general bewitched and bewil-
dered by stresses and strains of the severest kind.
By way of contrast, we hear very little about trouble
on the other side of the Iron Curtain. Relatively speaking
- since our headlines are concentrated on the headaches
of the United States and the rest of the free world -the
Soviet Union and its satellites seem to be blessed with
order and serenity. The press and radio of the Cominform
Tempelhof's Municipal Hospital is visited by US Com-
mander Maj. Gen. Lemuel Mathewson on a tour of Berlin
borough hospitals. Dr. Gerhard Bierling of hospital staff
shows General Mathewson technique of preserving or-
ganisms for research.             (PRB BE-1i1COG photo)
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countries are not full of stories about how those coun-
tries are all pretty much up in the air, or bogged down,
or at sixes and sevens, etc., etc. So one gets the impres-
sion that everything is going iather smoothly over there.
But one ought to be wary of impressions. Appearances
are often deceiving. What looks like order and serenity
in the Soviet world may really be an optical illusion. As
a matter of fact, we can be 100 percent certain that it is
an optical illusion. In this connection, leaving aside such
factors as the silencing terror of the police state, a point
to be remembered is that the prime function of the
Cominform press and radio is to suppress the truth and
distort reality into the exact opposite of itself. Hence,
since that press and radio have little to say about trouble
behind the Iron Curtain, we have good reason to believe
that there is plenty of it there.
Actually, of course, even though our own free press
and radio are not allowed to look at what is happening
in the Soviet world, and even though they may give the
impression that only our own world has headaches,'
enough is leaking out from behind the Iron Curtain to
leave no room for doubt that Stalin and his stooges are
having anything but smooth sailing. The fact can be
virtually documented, for example, that Red China is
feeling a lot of internal strain as a result of its criminal
aggression in Korea. Further, the evidence is plentiful
that the East European satellites are experiencing more
than a few troubles in agricultural and industrial produc-
tion and that the masses of their population are reacting
surlily to steadily declining living standards.
As for the Soviet Union itself, there are numerous
indications that it has many tribulations of its own, includ-
ing worry about the loyalty of the oppressed satellite
peoples in the event of war. Today's troubles are not
confined exclusively to the free world. If the men of the
Kremlin lifted the Iron Curtain, the chances are that we
would see an immense amount of confusion, mess and
turmoil. The facade of order is one thing; the reality
another. Let us not be fooled by an optical illusion.
Return to the Elbe
The New York Times, in an editorial April 26, said:
Six years ago (April 25, 1945) two events occurred
which most of us believed at the time would change
the history of the world. On the day of the opening of
the San Francisco conference that produced the Charter
of the United Nations, the vanguards of the American
and Soviet armies met on the banks of the Elbe River ...
The soldiers who made the first contact swore to do
everything in their power to prevent such things from
happening again. The meeting by the broken bridge on
the battlefield and the great assembly of the nations
on the other side of the globe were animated by the
same determination to make an end of war forever.
One of the American GI's in the little group at the
Elbe, Joseph Polowsky, now a taxi driver in Chicago,
has been working for six years to induce the United
Nations to celebrate the anniversary by reaffirming the
spirit of the oath the soldiers took that day. They have
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