Arnost Heidrich, an important Czechoslovak diplomat and General Secretary of the Czechoslovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, was largely involved in the formulation of Czechoslovakia's foreign policy in the years 1945-1948. In November 1948, he fled to the USA where he wrote a comprehensive memorandum for the U.S. Government on the practices of some components of the state apparatus in Czechoslovakia, already fully controlled by Communists. His memorandum, which is published here with explaining notes, informed the readers about the leading representatives of the regime and its diplomacy, and also about its foreign political goals. It also contained additional evidence concerning the role of the Soviet Union in the Communist coup d'etat of 1948 and about other mechanisms through which Czechoslovakia was subjected to Moscow's political and economic goals.
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