Fantastic Truths, Compelling Lies: Radio Free Europe and the Response to the Slánský Trial in Czechoslovakia

@article{Feinberg2012FantasticTC,
  title={Fantastic Truths, Compelling Lies: Radio Free Europe and the Response to the Sl{\'a}nsk{\'y} Trial in Czechoslovakia},
  author={Melissa Feinberg},
  journal={Contemporary European History},
  year={2012},
  volume={22},
  pages={107 - 125}
}
  • M. Feinberg
  • Published 2012
  • History
  • Contemporary European History
Abstract This article examines the coverage by Radio Free Europe (RFE) of the show trial of Rudolf Slánský in 1952 and contrasts this coverage with documents on the response to the trial within Czechoslovakia. RFE aggressively portrayed the trial as a pack of lies and condemned its anti-Semitism as not authentically Czechoslovak. The response within Czechoslovakia was more much nuanced. Most publicly accepted the trial as valid and acted in ways that underscored that acceptance. Within this… Expand
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