Karel Bartosek was born in a working medium It starts studies of history and becomes Professor d' Université. Whereas it engaged very young person with the communist Party , it calls in question the official story of the release of Prague in books translated into English and German. It takes part in the Printemps of Prague in 1968 after from which it is returned and leaves the Party.
An article in Modern times the fact of knowing in France. He then saw varied employment. He is locked up six months in prison in 1972. Promoter of the Human rights, it is regarded as dissident by the mode. In 1982 it is exiled in France where it finds its family. Karel Bartosek enters to CNRS. In 1983, it is deposed of its Czech nationality.
It starts again in 1986 the review founded in 1979 by François Maspero, the Alternative , under the title the New Alternative . If he denounces the Communist regimes, he is however not an anticommunist.
Its work the Consents of the files , published in 1996, starts a polemic. Resting on new files, Karel Bartosek produced of many revelations. Raymond Aubrac was a sales representative of the French Communist party in the search of financing near the Czech people's democracy. Palmiro Togliatti wanted to delay the advertisement of the rehabilitation of condemned great lawsuits not to deteriorate the chances of the Italian Communists. Jacques Duclos, person in charge of the French Communist party, permanently required of the foreign Communist parties money. The polemic rests mainly on Artur London whose history was prone film the Consent of Costa Gavras, London had been condemned at the time of the Stalinist lawsuits in 1952, Karel Bartosek reveals that he was an “orthodoxe” Communist more that it was not believed, praising himself into 1949 to have uncovered No5el Field whose lawsuit serves as a pretext for the opening of the purgings. Karel Bartosek stresses that the purgings of then aim at preventing the rise of equivalents of Tito, which could dispute the supremacy of Stalin. They are preventive and do not aim opponents contrary to those of the Thirties. Thereafter they will have for target the not-Communists.
In 1997, it takes part in the drafting of the black Livre of Communism but question the end result, in particular the bringing together carried out by Stephan Courtois between Nazisme and Communisme.
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