Academic Questions

, Volume 32, Issue 4, pp 466–475 | Cite as

Making Distinctions

  • Carol IannoneEmail author

In Costa Gavras’s film, The Confession, the great Yves Montand plays Artur Ludvik, an official in communist Czechoslovakia who suddenly finds himself shadowed and watched and then arrested for vague conspiracy crimes during the 1950s. The film is based on the true story of Artur London, born in Moravia, Austria Hungary in 1915, who became a devout Communist. He served in intelligence during the Spanish Civil War, fought in the Resistance during World War II, and was sent to Mauthausen concentration camp by the Nazis. After the war he moved with his family to Prague and eventually became Czechoslovakia’s deputy minister of foreign affairs, only to be caught up in the plot against Rudolf Slánský, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia. Along with thirteen other high ranking officials, ten of whom were Jews, including London, Slánský was arrested in Czechoslovakia’s edition of the Stalinist purges of the 1950s, instigated by Yugoslav Communist leader Josip Broz Tito’s...

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