The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on September 29, 1954 · Page 18
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 18

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Wednesday, September 29, 1954
Page 18
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PAOB K1QBTEBV BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.V COURIER NEWg WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBTO, 19,1954 Polish Refugee Gives New Hope For Return of Three Red Captives By JOHN M. HIGHTOWEE WASHINGTON (AP) — Hermann, Noel and Herta Field, central figures in a sensational Iron Curtain mystery, may be nearer freedom than at any time in the last five years .— if they are still alive. Officials said today chances of sia's new rulers have taken a winning their release from Com munist Poland and Red Hungar have been greatly increased b facto about their disappearanc supplied by a refugee Polish se cret police official. Jozef Swiatlo, who fled throug the Iron Curtain 10 months ago was "surfaced" by the governmen yesterday after having worked un dercover with U.S. intelligenc agencies since he fled to the Wes at Berlin. Officials said he ha> provided much useful information about the European satellites o Eussia. Field Case Aired Most public attention, however focused oii the Field case when it became known that the stocky black haired, 39-year-old Swiatlo had arrested Hermann Field when the Red trap'was sprung on him at Warsaw airport in August 1949. Swiatlo, who was deputy chief of Poland's -supersecret Communist party security agency, also interviewed Noel and Herta Field in 1949 at Budapest, Hungary for possible evidence on espionage or conspiratorial work on which the Communists alleged they had been •;engaged"'lor the United States. - Armed with this first hand information since the two brothers - and Noel's wife Herta disappeared. The State Department fired notes to Poland and Hungary demand- Ing the "earliest possible" release of all three. Hermann was held in a Polish prison, Swiatlo report- .ed. Noel and Herta are assumed to be in Hungary, :Mrs. Kate Field, a Briton, said in London she is "terribly happy" 'to get word that her husband, Cleveland architect Hermann Field is presumably alive. She said the information from Swiatlo "makes me feel that awful, long period of waiting may soon be over." The essence of Swiatlo's story was that the three Fields had been arrested by Red police in connection with a big purge trial being prepared against former Hungarian Foreign Minister Laszlo Rajk. Rajk, since executed, was accused of treason in conspiring with Yugoslavia's Marshal Tito against the Hungarian gpvernment—in effect, against Soviet domination of Hungary. U.S. officials said that in the past when Communist governments have been presented with factual information in cases of this kind, they hiave" often dropped deception and dealt with the problem, realistically. This has encouraged some hope here that the Fields will be- released. Adding support to this hope is that since Stalin's death, Rus- number of steps to ease minor tensions with the West. Freedom for imprisoned Americans has not been so hard to obtain a* formerly encourage those people and give them opportunity to come over to the west," Swiatlo said. 6. The chances of an open revolt are small because "in Poland to—if the facts for making a case day the Red army is everywhere could be determined. Swiatlo's defection to the United States was announced yesterday by Atty. Gen. Brownell. The State Department followed with notes demanding freedom for the Fields. Later Swiatlo talked through an interpreter to a news conference, making these points: 1. He considers that both Noel and Hermann Field were "Communist sympathizers" and that Noel "may have been" a party member. 2. Swiatlo himself fled to the West because he became convinced that the Polish Communist party was "devoted to the Soviet government and not to Poland." He said the great purge trials a few years ago in Poland were organized under Moscow supervision "and for the interests of Soviet imperialism." Great Resistance 3. There is "a great resistance movement" against Communist rule in Poland, and "there .ust be s?rM central headquarters directing this movement." 4. The greatest resistance was shown by the peasants against col- ectivization of land, in one province peasants holding religious symbols, pictures... and crosses, threw themselves under the wheels of tractors sent to tear down the ences marking individual farms. 5. Many people both m the Communist party and the Polish government itself do not support Communist rule of the land. "Everything possible should be done to and Polish life is penetrated, by security agencies. the Fields came out in the great Communist purge trials, -but aside NEW • YORK • CflV-A young" bank $82,000 from the bank where he teller has disappeared with his wife and three children and more than them, until Swiatlo defected. Noel Field, a U.S. diplomat in 1926-36 and after that a League of Nations employe; went- to Czech- had worked for more than two years. The money was discovered missing yesterday after 23-year-old John Siemer failed to show up for work at a branch of the Staten Island National Bank and Trust Co. Sidney O. Simonson, Richmond oslovakia and disappeared in May i County district attorney, said the 1949. In August that year his wife went to Czechoslovakia and also vanished. The Czech government replied to American inquiries by saying that both had left for Hungary". The Hungarian and Russian governments-told the United States they knew nothing about the two. Hermann Field, seeking word of his brother, flew from Prague to Warsaw in. August 1949 and van- from that there was no word of ished. teller's cage was .checked after bank officials received a phone call that Siemer had overslept and would be late. The call came from a woman who identified herself as a member of the family. The bank reported that all paper money had been taken from the cage. It figured the missing money amounted to a little more than $02,000—all in small bills. W A E NI N O O E D E B Victoria Haman Salffoa is warned to appear in the Chancery Court for the Chickasawba District of Mississippi County, Arkansas, within thirty days after the date hereof, to answer a cross-complaint which has been filed against Morris, as trustee, in a cause now pending in said court, wherein Continental Land Company, et-al, are plaintiffs -and the said Victoria Haman Saliba and others are defendants, _said cause being numbered 12,780 upon the docket of said court. 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