It was five days before Christmas, 1969. A time when Americans are busy converging on family, celebrating Chanukah, offering prayers of thanksgiving, trimming trees, or, if Christians, preparing to rejoice in the birth of their Savior.
But while most Americans were wrapping gifts and worshipping before their Gods, the future President of the United States was standing in silent tribute and awe before the mummy of Vladimir Lenin.
How did this happen?
On December 19, 1969, Bill Clinton had boarded an Aeroflot flight from London for the USSR, to Moscow, the center of world atheism and the capital of the Soviet-Marxist state.
William Jefferson Clinton's pilgrimage to the Soviet Union was the climax of a busy fall semester as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford. It should perhaps be mentioned to those impressed by such presumed status that Rhodes Scholarships are granted to individuals passing ideological muster whose sentiments during the interview process are reflective of acceptable left-wing views to the selection committees, and not because of good grades.
Once in England, Clinton lived up the expectations of his promoters and joined the British Peace Council, which was established by the British Communist Party. Quickly, Clinton helped the council organize other expatriate Americans and draft-dodgers for anti-war demonstrations on Oct. 15, 1969 and again on Nov. 16, 1969 in front of the U.S. Embassy in London. The British press, at that time, reported that the protestors chanted, "HO, HO, HO," and "Ho-Chi Minh, Viet Cong is gonna win."
Shortly after that, Clinton joined with other pro-Communist and anti-American protestors on a trip to Norway to demonstrate in opposition to that Nation's desire to join NATO.
Activities as Clinton's were not at all out of character for Oxford students during that period and it has been estimated that even today, upwards of 60 percent of all Oxford professors hold moderate to extreme Socialist views. For such, the University had long been the home recruiting ground of the international communist movement. Its successes were exemplified by their recruitment of some of Bill Clinton's fellow alumni, notably the traitors Kim Philby and Donald McClean.
While Bill Clinton has never explained who paid for his trip, a friend and fellow Oxford student, Jan Kopold, a Czech, accompanied him. They were to attend a meeting of the War Moratorium Committee to be held Jan. 2, 1970. Upon arrival, Clinton did not check into a youth hostel, but rather stayed at the Hotel National, the most exclusive and expensive Moscow of that time, a ritzy place usually reserved for foreign ambassadors and high-level Communist Party apparatchiks.
In today's terms, that trip would probably cost several thousand dollars. Clinton only had his tiny $275 Rhodes stipend to live on and never held a job. Thus, it is easy to believe that this tab and the arrangements could only have handled by the KGB, which during that epoch limited no expenses in its attempts to recruit promising American students in Europe.
Clinton has also never accounted for the 11-days spent in Moscow before the actual meeting of the War Moratorium and has never revealed who paid his expenses or what he did or who he met with during that time. However, for a tourist visiting Red Square in Moscow, a trip to Lenin's Tomb is usually on the itinerary. For a visiting leftist, such a visit is as requisite as a Moslem's visit to the Kabah while in Mecca.
Standing before the mummy of the High Priest of Communism and Atheism on Christmas Day, for a communist, had long represented a symbolic, ritual act of contempt and abnegation of all the religious, spiritual, and ethical values which most Americans like to think they cherish.
Even more telling was Clinton's January 4th return trip from Moscow on another Aeroflot jet. The flight terminated in Prague, then the capital of the Czechoslovakian Soviet Socialist Republic (CSSR). There, Clinton was a guest of Jan Kopold's father, Bedrich Kopold and Jan's maternal grandmother Maria Svermova, who was the original founder of the Czech Communist Party in the 1930s. During his visit, she took a liking to young Bill; they walked and talked. Svermova's deceased husband was the original editor of Rude Pravo, the Czech Communist Party paper before the War.
After the Soviet-backed Communist coup of Czechoslovakia in February 1948 had disposed of Democratic President Jan Masaryk by tossing him out a window of the Foreign Ministry, Rudolf Saltzman, a.k.a. Slansky, became the new president.
Karel Svab, Maria's brother, was appointed Commissar of Secret Police and was responsible for the subsequent murders, tortures, and deportations to Russian gulags of several hundred thousand Christians, democracy advocates, anti-Communists, and even religious Jews who had survived the Holocaust.
Under the Saltzman/Slansky regime (1949-1952), Maria Svermova was Secretary of the Communist Party and the Central Committee, the supreme ruling body. While the majority of Jews in pre-war Czechoslovakia were anti-Communist, the Party itself was dominated by a clique of apostate Jews who had long since abandoned the principles of their religion to embrace the False God of Marxism.
The entire Kopold clan was a significant part of the ruling Communist party elite and was responsible for those murders and deportations either by the act or as formulators of policy. In fact, 11 out of 12 Politburo leaders of the Czech Communist Party were apostate Jews who had taken refuge in Moscow just prior to the German occupation of the Czech rump state in 1939.
It was easy for the Communists to seize control in 1948 without popular resistance because the Germans had confiscated all private weapons during the War period.
In 1948, Saltzman/Slansky smuggled guns and explosives to Palestine to arm the Zionist organizations, the Haganah, the Stern Gang, and the Irgun to enable them to keep killing British officials until Britain became fed up and pulled out. In 1949 these gangs organized the ethnic cleansing of over one million Palestinian Arabs from their lands which were then confiscated and made an integral part of the nascent State of Israel. President Saltzman/Slansky in turn paid with his life for assisting the Zionists. Accused of harboring Jewish nationalist sentiments, which were in opposition to Marxist internationalism, Stalin sent him to the gallows in 1952.
Years later, when Clinton was President, he again flew to Moscow, this time on Air Force One, to meet Boris Yeltsin. Then, on his return flight he had the plane stop in Prague, where, besides playing the saxophone - important stuff - he went to visit the parents of his Oxford friend Jan Kopold.
By then, Maria Svermova had died of old age.
As for Jan Kopold, he had been killed earlier in an "accidental fall" in Turkey in 1970, becoming perhaps the first of a long string of former Clinton friends and associates to meet an untimely end. Interestingly, Clinton told the news media people accompanying him on the Prague pitstop that the Kopolds were "old friends he had long admired".
Nothing appeared in the press, however, about Clinton's admiration for and association with this family once such an intimate part of the ruling echelon of the murderous criminal Soviet puppet government that had enslaved Czechoslovakia.
- Much of the preceeding article was lifted from Joel Ruth, a historian who has lived, traveled or worked in 50 countries and frequently writes about national and international affairs. He was in Czechoslovakia in Aug. 1968 during the Soviet Invasion. He participated in anti-Soviet student demonstrations, was fired upon and assisted in the theft, sabotage and destruction of Soviet military equipment. Tagged "an enemy of the State," he was ordered by Soviet security personnel to leave the country or face immediate arrest.