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Report on the murder of the general secretary

Author: Karel Kaplan
Publisher: London : Tauris, 1990.
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Named Person: Rudolf Slánský
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Karel Kaplan
ISBN: 1850432112 9781850432111
OCLC Number: 20995411
Notes: Translated from the Czech.
Description: [320] pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Part 1 The witch hunt: the Yugoslav problem; Poland; Albania; Czechoslovakia; Noel field; Hungary; Bulgaria. Part 2 In search of Czechoslovakia's rajk: the Hungarian initiative; the futile chase; Soviet advisors; interest in clementis; Slovak bourgeois nationalism. Part 3 The great conspiracy - the first concept: "Enemies" in the party apparatus; Sling in jail; widespread arrests; the first concept. Part 4 The new concept - headed by the general secretary: the head of conspiracy; Stalin's first intervention - Slansky's dismissal; Stalin's second intervention - Slansky's arrest. Part 5 Slansky's interrogation: interrogation methods; first weeks in prison; Slansky's inner struggle; slansky's suicide attempt; piecemeal confessions; the new plan - focus on specifics; focus on espionage and the antistate centre; focus on zionism and Bacilek's visit; Slansky's breakdown. Part 6 Rehearsing the show: leadership of the antistate centre; the judiciary; perfect harmony; coaching Slansky; the final word - the political authorities. Part 7 The tragic end: political murders; final questions. Appendix A: biographies and last letters of the condemned. Appendix B: Rudolf Slansky - biographical data. Appendix C: composition of leading institutions, 1948-1953. Appendix D: political trials of leading communists.
Responsibility: Karel Kaplan ; translated by Karel Kovanda.

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