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1952 Czech Purge

Slansky at his trial

Rudolf Slansky was a lifetime member of the Communist party and rose to become the Secretary General of the Communist Party, the second most powerful position in the Czechoslovakia.   In November 1951 Slansky and 13 other people were arrested and charged with being Titoists.  What the exact causes of the decision to arrest Slansky and the others remain a mystery, but a year later in November 1952 he and the others were tried in court.  Ten of the 13 defendants including  Slansky were Jewish and the trail was full of Anti Semitic overturns.  Slansky was found guilty and hung a month later.