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

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 1987 - Law - 193 pages
Pp. 83-91 discuss the Slansky trial (1952) and its antisemitic aspects, accompanied by the author's personal notes. Rudolf Slansky (1901-1952), a Jew and secretary-general of the Czechoslovak Communist Party, and fourteen leading party members (eleven of whom were Jews) were prosecuted for conspiring against the state. They were seen as Zionist activists and agents of imperialist Israel. The Jewish descent of the defendants was constantly stressed. Slansky and ten others were hanged in December 1952; the other three were sentenced to life imprisonment. The trial formed a direct link with the Doctors' Plot in the Soviet Union. Hodos himself, a Hungarian Jew, was tried in Hungary in 1954 and sentenced to eight years in prison. Includes information on similar trials in Poland, Romania, East Germany, and Bulgaria.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
xiii
PRELUDE IN ALBANIA
xvii
THE KOSTOV TRIAL IN BULGARIA
7
THE FIELD CONNECTION
19
THE ROAD TO THE RAJK TRIAL
27
May 1949
34
PREPARATIONS FOR THE MODEL TRIAL
37
JulyAugust 1949
45
THE REINTERPRETED SHOW TRIALS IN ROMANIA
87
March 1950April 1952
100
THE INTERRUPTED SHOW TRIALS IN EAST GERMANY
107
April 1952June 1954
122
THE POLISH WAY OF SHOW TRIALS
129
JulySeptember 1954
148
CONSEQUENCES AND CONCLUSIONS
153
NOTES
159

THE RAJK TRIAL
53
August 1949March 1950
61
THE UNLEASHED TERROR IN PRAGUE
67
THE SLÁNSKÝ TRIAL
77
May 16 1950
83
SELECTED BIBLIOGRAPHY
173
INDEX
177
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
189
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Page xi - You have heard the accusation and plead guilty.' Rubashov tried to look into his face. He could not, and had to shut his eyes again. He had had a biting answer on his tongue; instead he said, so quietly that the thin secretary had to stretch out her head to hear: 'I plead guilty to not having understood the fatal compulsion behind the policy of the Government, and to have therefore held oppositional views.
Page xiii - The show trials in Eastern Europe would have occurred even without the break between Stalin and Tito, probably even with the identical victims, as the device by which the brother parties of the postwar Soviet satellite states in Eastern Europe were subordinated to the Soviet party. Show trials were an integral part of Stalinism, and their introduction into the satellite states was a logical step, albeit with variants on the tested Soviet model.
Page xiii - The show trial is a propaganda arm of political terror. Its aim is to personalize an abstract political enemy, to place it in the dock in flesh and blood and, with the aid of a perverted system of justice, to transform abstract political-ideological differences into easily intelligible common crimes. It both incites the masses against the evil embodied by the defendants and frightens them away from supporting any potential opposition.
Page 1 - II, the Soviet Union controlled all of Europe east of a line drawn from Stettin on the Baltic Sea, to Trieste on the Adriatic Sea.

About the author (1987)

GEORGE HERMAN HODOS is one of the few living survivors in the West of the Hungarian Rajk trials.

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