Show Trials: Stalinist Purges in Eastern Europe, 1948-1954

Show Trials: Stalinist Purges in Eastern Europe, 1948-1954

George H. Hodos

Language: English

Pages: 209

ISBN: B000PC6A3O

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Show Trials: Stalinist Purges in Eastern Europe, 1948-1954

George H. Hodos

Language: English

Pages: 209

ISBN: B000PC6A3O

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


Show Trials combines first-hand knowledge with hitherto unpublished, confidential material, to offer a penetrating and candid account of the Stalinist purges that occurred in Albanian, East German, Bulgarian, and Rumanian purges, as well as in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. George Hodos shows how these trials played a pivotal role in consolidating Soviet domination over the satellite countries during Stalin's lifetime. As an important addition to our understanding of these events and times, Show Trials is essential for historians of Eastern Europe and absorbing reading for anyone interested in world affairs.

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faithfully the Soviet charges against the Yugoslav leader. The mistrust was mutual. Tito disliked Kostov, and in a speech in April 1949, he delivered a shameful denunciation of his Bulgarian comrade just two months before Kostov's arrest. "Kostov was arrested during the reign of King Boris together with a number of other Communists. Although he was one of the main leaders of the party, his life alone was spared. Why?" Tito answered his own question. "Today we have proof that among some Communist

well as in the confidential report of the commission set up by the Central Committee, a copy of which has been published in the West. Consequently, the trials in Prague are examined here primarily in terms of how they related to the other East European trials and how they differed from them. An examination of the show trials in Poland provides many opportunities to cast light on obscure and neglected aspects, to date mostly unexplored, as the existing literature is concerned mainly with the

better future. The pessimism might have been premature. With Gorbachev, a new historical chance seems to be emerging to rid socialism of the strait-jacket of Stalinist legacy. Only then can the still open wounds of the show trials in eastern Europe be healed. Only then will their victims be truly rehabilitated. A final remark: It is customary for an author to assume responsibility for all of the mistakes contained in his book, and certainly there are many errors in this one. I hope it will not

his main source of information was Slansky, the solid pillar of his spy net, the most intelligent Jew that he (Granville) ever knew." Another witness declared: "Slansky is the son of a wealthy Jewish family, the great hope of all of the Jews within the Communist Party." In the indictment, the Jewish descent of the defendants was constantly stressed: "The Trotzkyist and Jewish-bourgeois nationalist Bedrich Geminder"; "Andre Simone, whose real name is Otto Katz, an international spy, Zionist and

reduced to mere numbers, removed from the rest of society. It was terror for its own sake and its presence was assured by the person of Major Istvan Lehota, 108 Show Trials promoted from chief jailer in the AVH cellars in Andrassy Street to prison director at Vac. The days were hell, but the evenings and Sundays offered an escape. In large measure, I survived those years sanely because I was no longer alone. In the loneliness of the cellar in Andrassy Street, my mind was completely numbed. In

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