PARIS — Artur London, a former government minister in Communist Czechoslovakia who wrote a book describing his "show trial" there, died in London on Saturday, his family said. He was 71. The cause of death was described as a long illness.
London, a former deputy foreign minister, was author of "The Confession," which told of being brainwashed into admitting his political "errors" in a Stalinist-era trial by a Czechoslovakian court in 1951. He spent five years in prison.
His book was made into the film "L'Aveu" (The Confession) by Greek director Konstantinos Costa-Gavras and starred French actor Yves Montand. London's book and the film were strongly attacked by Communist media internationally.
Communist at Age 14
Born Feb. 1, 1915, London joined the Czechoslovak Communist youth movement at age 14 and was imprisoned several times before going into self-imposed exile in Moscow in 1934.