Poles to open Communist files

Poles to open Communist files

FO 'wrong' over Nazi gold

The Foreign Office says it was wrong in claiming that a Swiss official had admitted the country was holding $500m in Nazi gold at the end of the Second World War. It said the figure ought to have have been 500 million Swiss francs.

Swiss speed Nazi gold study

The Swiss inquiry into Nazi gold which was scheduled to start in the spring will now start in January after the government used a legal loophole to speed the process.

Nazi shadow over `golden goal' rule

Making an early bid for the tournament's most bizarre public statement is a certain Alfredo Poge, the president of the hitherto little-known International Federation of Football History and Statistics.

Nazi war criminal gets off

Nazi war criminal gets off

Signs of the master spirit : Richard Ollard admires the forthright erud ition that fills the letters of Thomas Hobbes : The Correspondence of Thomas Ho bbes Ed Noel Malcolm Clarendon Press £20

The historical alarm clock of the 17th century seems to have had something wrong with it. So many of its greatest figures, in England at least, seem only to have woken to their true vocation when life was well into its afternoon. Cromwell is the m ost obvious example, both as soldier and statesman. What about Milton, turning to epic poetry in what was then old age? Hobbes is surely the supreme example. His masterpiece, in a branch of study that he had not even entered until he was middle-aged, bur st onthe world virtually unheralded, when he was 63.

Correction: 'Anti-Nazi' leaflets

IN LAST Sunday's Review ('Voting for an island state'), it was reported that Anti-Nazi League leaflets carrying the words 'fuck off Beackon Nazis' were pushed through letter- boxes in the Isle of Dogs. We now accept that there was no evidence for this statement, which arose from a misunderstanding of local complaints about similar slogans appearing on road surfaces. We apologise for the error.

Paris Post War

. . .I feel (very slightly) embarrassed by you since you became a Communist. Not that I am in the slightest bit opposed to the Communists*. Not at all. But I suppose I have always found those that I have known to be excessively governed by their faith even with regard to their friendships. So I am scared to appear useless to a Communist or sometimes even, if I may so express it - dangerous.

Obituary: Yang Xianzhen

Yang Xianzhen, scholar, died Peking 25 August, aged 97. A prominent Marxist scholar, he served as director of the Marxism-Leninism Institute and its successor, the Higher Party School, before being named as a 'counter-revolutionary revisionist' in 1966.

Correction: Red-handed

In an article on Brecht's collaborators (24 May) I included a remark by Eric Bentley, 'We were all Marxists', which I took to be a verbatim quotation. Mr Bentley tells me that it is not. My apologies.
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