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A Trial in Prague (2000)

The documentary film "A Trial in Prague" is about the Slansky trials which took place in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1952. During the last five years of Stalin's rule, as Israel turned more ... See full summary »

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Zuzana Justman

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Zuzana Justman

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Credited cast:
Vladimír Clementis Vladimír Clementis ... Himself (archive footage)
Otto Fischl Otto Fischl ... Himself (archive footage)
Josef Frank Josef Frank ... Himself (archive footage)
Ludvík Frejka Ludvík Frejka ... Himself (archive footage)
Bedrich Geminder Bedrich Geminder ... Himself (archive footage)
Eduard Goldstücker Eduard Goldstücker ... Himself
Artur London Artur London ... Himself (archive footage)
Lise London Lise London ... Herself
Heda Margoliová-Kovályová Heda Margoliová-Kovályová ... Herself
Rudolf Slansky Rudolf Slansky ... Himself (archive footage)
Marian Slingová Marian Slingová ... Herself
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The documentary film "A Trial in Prague" is about the Slansky trials which took place in Prague, Czechoslovakia, in 1952. During the last five years of Stalin's rule, as Israel turned more and more to the West, the Communist Party became virulently anti-Semitic. Furthermore, Stalin needed to demonstrate to the rest of Eastern Europe that he would not tolerate another Yugoslavia, where Tito had succeeded in achieving a measure of autonomy. So Stalin, in his obsession for total power, created an "enemy within" and orchestrated the infamous show trials, The Slansky trials, in Prague. Thirteen high-ranking Czech Communists, including the powerful Rudolph Slansky, who was the party's general secretary, were arrested on trumped up charges and tortured, physically and mentally, until they confessed to high treason and espionage. They were forced to memorize their testimony for the eight-day trial, which had been carefully scripted by Stalin's apparatchiks. Eleven of the accused were Jews ... Written by stock-1

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Country:

USA | Czech Republic

Language:

English | Czech

Release Date:

14 September 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Prazský proces See more »

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