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Guilty of Treason (1950) Poster

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Soviet Col. Aleksandr Melnikov: These Americans are impossible. This... this question about Mindszenty. Perhaps I should have explained that Mindszenty is an enemy of the state. He must submit, or he must be eliminated.

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Soviet Col. Aleksandr Melnikov: Liberty is just a word.

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Stephanie Varna: There is no underground. The Russians take care of that. Every day, hundreds of people are arrested and never heard of again. Every day, hundreds try to flee across the border to Austria if they can.

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Soviet Comissar Belov: We must destroy everything about him. His reputation. Suppose... suppose we told the world he was anti-Semitic?

Hungarian State Police Col. Timar: But everyone in Hungary knows that the cardinal is not anti-Semitic.

Hungarian Secret Police Col. Gabriel Peter [i.e. Peter Gabor]: He protected the Jews against the Nazis, even hid them in his own cellar.

Soviet Comissar Belov: But the world outside does not know about that.

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Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty: The move against the schools is the final move against the Church. We had some five-thousand schools in Hungary, three-thousand of them are Catholic. And as long as I am responsible in any degree for these schools, we shall teach there the Gospel according to Jesus Christ, *NOT* according to Karl Marx or Commissar Stalin.

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Stephanie Varna: No, if we are to drink a toast, let us drink to freedom.

Tom Kelly: What kind of odds are they quoting around here on freedom these days?

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Hungarian State Police Col. Timar: How many times have you been confined to jail?

Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty: Three. First, in 1919 as a young priest, I opposed the administration of Bela Kun the dictator.

Hungarian Secret Police Col. Gabriel Peter [i.e. Peter Gabor]: You will refrain from referring to the name of Bela Kun, the Trotskyite!

Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty: In 1944, as a bishop, I spoke out against the cruelties of the Nazi occupation. I found myself again confined to prison. Today, as a cardinal, I find myself in prison once more.

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Hungarian State Police Col. Timar: Why are you against the Jews?

Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty: I am *NOT* against the Jews. I have suffered with them. I have worked with them. I regard them as my brothers.

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Tom Kelly: This is where I came in. Budapest: where East meets West. The Blue Danube is something more than a waltz by Johann Strauss.

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Stephanie Varna: There is no choice! Heil Hitler? Heil Stalin!

[Guard strikes her]

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Joszef Cardinal Mindszenty: [at his sentencing] I have no quarrel with the Russian people. But I *DO* condemn the police state to which they are enslaved!

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[last lines]

Tom Kelly: [Turns to the camera and addresses the audience] You see, the way I look at it, we're living in a time when liberty is everyone's business. And either there's liberty for everyone, or there's no liberty at all.

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