Show Trials: Stalinist Purges in Eastern Europe, 1948-1954 by George H. Hodos

By George H. Hodos

Show Trials combines first-hand wisdom with hitherto unpublished, personal fabric, to supply a penetrating and candid account of the Stalinist purges that happened in Albanian, East German, Bulgarian, and Rumanian purges, in addition to in Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. George Hodos indicates how those trials performed a pivotal position in consolidating Soviet domination over the satellite tv for pc nations in the course of Stalin's lifetime. As an immense addition to our knowing of those occasions and occasions, Show Trials is key for historians of jap Europe and soaking up interpreting for someone attracted to international affairs.

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In 1936, he was transferred to Geneva as a delegate in the disarmament division of the Secretariat of the League of Nations. Two years later, Field was sent to Spain with a League of Nations committee to oversee the repatriation of foreign participants in the civil war. Disillusioned with the league because of its inability to prevent the defeat of the Spanish republic and the aggression of Hitler, he resigned in 1940, ending his career in the service of the United States government. At the end of 1940, Noel and Herta Field took over joint direction of the Marseilles office of the Unitarian Service Committee (USC) and two years later, after the Germans had occupied Vichy, France, he became the USC's European director with an office in Geneva, Switzerland.

On February 10, Stalin summoned the top Yugoslav and Bulgarian leaders to Moscow. Tito prudently remained at home and sent Kardelj and Djilas, but Dimitrov could not avoid attending in person. Stalin and Molotov attacked him sharply for planning a customs union with Romania and for not consulting the Soviet leaders beforehand and ordered him to halt immediately all plans for an East European federation. Stalin despised Dimitrov, but feared Tito. Suddenly, he instructed Yugoslavia and Bulgaria to unite without delay—a plan he had hitherto opposed, but now thought advisable in order to dilute Tito's strength and prestige.

The most striking difference, however, was Kostov's retraction of his "confession" during his trial. "Citizen Judges! I plead guilty to having had an incorrect attitude toward the Soviet Union, expressed in the methods of bargaining I employed in our commercial dealings with the USSR, by concealing certain prices arranged with the capitalist countries, and by applying the State Secret Laws to Soviet representatives. . These make me guilty of a nationalist deviation which merits a severe punishment," he began his testimony.

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