Frederick Woltman, columnist for
ihe Scripps-Howard Newspaper
Alliance, has received a wide
range of citations for his writings on domestic and international communism. Mr. Woltman
was awarded ihe Pulitzer prize
in 7947 for his articles on the
Amerasia case. His article for
this symposium is a reprint of
a column published on March
he Communist Party, which for
decades hailed Stalin as the "greatest
living" Marxist-Leninist and symbol
of peace, is preparing for tlie big
crawl. Its hour of humiliation is at
A major upheaval lias already start-
eel to rock the American comrades
since the 20th Congress of the Russian
Communist Party a few weeks ago
blasted their idol off his pedestal.
Heads Due to Rolf
Soon their breast-beating ancl wails
of confession ("self-criticism" in Red
terminology) will fill the air. Most of
the Party's leaders, in prison or out,
will knuckle under to the Kremlin's
new version of history; namely, that
their hero was really a terroristic,
homicidal maniac and military bungler who nearly lost Russia to the Nazis.
Some heads are expected to roll.
Particularly that of the 75-year-old
William Z. Foster, Party chairman and
Stalin's tool here ever since the Soviet
dictator ousted Jay Lovestone in 1929
anel put the Foster faction in control.
Indeed, Eugene Dennis, re-emerging as Party secretary after his prison
term, has already virtually pushed
Foster out in the cold. Photos of Stalin
are coming down fast off the walls of
local Communist offices.
It's only a question whether Foster
will get the same merciless shellacking
— and expulsion — he handed out to
his rival, Earl Brenvder. in 1945, when
a drastic- Party line shift was ordered
Double Talk Coming
There will be a transitional period
of near-death agonies. There will bean outpouring of millions of words of
double talk to sell anti-Stalinism to the
rank ancl file which had been fed Stalinism every morning for breakfast.
In the windup, the Communist
Part) will be thoroughly committed to
the new look: to convince the American people, including capitalists, that
the Soviet chiefs are just a bunch of >
good guys. LP J
Ancl it was all Joe Stalin's fault.
Went Off Deep End
The crawling process began last
week. Alan Max, editor of the Communist Party mouthpiece, the Dailij
Worker, came up with a declaration
that would have cost him his neck
Maybe, Mr. Max said, admitting he
was bothered and confused, "we went
overboard in defending things like the
idea of Stalin as infallible, in opposing
any suggestion that civil liberties were
being fully respected in the Soviet
Union, in discouraging serious discussion and criticism of Soviet movies,
This unprecedented confession of
kowtowing to Stalin was followed by
an equally astonishing Worker dispatch from Moscow. The* 20th Congress, it saiel, had condemned "glorification of Stalin" as "very harmful" to
the Party ancl the Soviet Union. For
twenty years I
This, the article- said, led to a Stalin
"cult," which must never again happen
to any Communist Party. And that*
what makes it tough for the American
Reel chieftains to get themselves oft
For on December 16, 1949, they pu*
out a special Daily Worker edition
eulogizing Stalin on his 70th anniversary. No words, or holds, were barred-
Stalin was "the organizer of th''
world working class for peace," th''
"plain man of the people," the mi*"'
tary genius who "saved millions Ot,
American boys" by his successful defense of Stalingrad.
A Simple Soldier
Stalin was "a man with the head °*
a scholar, with the face of a simp'e
working man, in the clothes of !l
simple soldier. * * °"
"Compared to this master theore'1'
cian anel organizer," gushed FostC'
"the capitalist politicians of our time*
are illiterates ancl mere rule-of-tlm"'
Yet, time ancl again, they "repeat1''
the-ir ignorant ancl malicious lie abo"
Stalin's 'totalitarianism,' meaning "
this mystifying gibberish that StaW
dictates what people shall think '
Dictates? The 20th Congress su'1 V
he shot people for less.
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Facts Fob. m News, October.