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

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1987 - Law - 193 pages
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"Show Trials" combines first-hand knowledge with hitherto unpublished, confidential material, to offer a penetrating and candid account of the Stalinist purges that occurred in Albanian, East German, Bulgarian, and Rumanian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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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
PRELUDE IN ALBANIA
5
THE KOSTOV TRIAL IN BULGARIA
13
THE FIELD CONNECTION
25
THE ROAD TO THE RAJK TRIAL
33
May 1949
40
PREPARATIONS FOR THE MODEL TRIAL
43
JulyAugust 1949
51
THE REINTERPRETED SHOW TRIALS IN ROMANIA
93
March 1950April 1952
106
THE INTERRUPTED SHOW TRIALS IN EAST GERMANY
113
April 1952June 1954
128
THE POLISH WAY OF SHOW TRIALS
135
JulySeptember 1954
154
CONSEQUENCES AND CONCLUSIONS
159
NOTES
165

THE RAJK TRIAL
59
August 1949March 1950
67
THE UNLEASHED TERROR IN PRAGUE
73
THE SLÁNSKÝ TRIAL
83
May 16 1950
89
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
179
INDEX
183
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
195
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GEORGE HERMAN HODOS is one of the few living survivors in the West of the Hungarian Rajk trials.

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