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Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1956
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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1956 - File 031. 1956-10. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 25, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1609/show/1570.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 10, October 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date October 1956
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • Energy & Sustainability Research Collection
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Transcript Moscow's Anti-Stalin Purge ITS MOTIVATIONS AND SIGNIFICANCE By JOSEPH Z. KORNFEDER Mr. Kornfeder, a former member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, U.S.A.; formerly with the Comintern; and graduate of the Lenin School of Political Warfare, voices an opinion based on intimate acquaintance with the processes of communism. His point of view is judged worthy of comparison with conclusions expressed in the Symposium on the same general subject, in this issue of Facts Forum News. .. most mile methods e vote are zati'"'S lead**" ,ist i" eel i" , nlir 1 , • gut .r* eV lo-*1 . Tin: posthumous purge of Stalin in Russia has produced a soul- quaking ideological disturbance "> the pro-Soviet world. Russian communism in its short anel turbulent history has seen violent commotions, but none like this. The first among them, still fresh in my ■Memory, was the expulsion, arrest, and subsequent execution of thousands of Trotskyites, polished off by uie murder — years later — of Trotsky himself, in Mexico. Then came the blood purges of *835-38 — massacres in which perished "early all of the Leninist (Old Bolshevik) members of the Soviet Communist Party. If anyone ever rose to *osolute power on the piled-up corp- Ses of his own comrades, step bv step, •Win did. Accompanying this terror of terrors was a perverse justification, by means °f an orgy of vilification, fabrication, Wear, and unrestrained character- ^sassination. Sandwiched between these crimes gainst his own comrades was Stalin's ^ar against the Russian peasants, in E«ich millions of helpless victims were s*aughterccl, starved, or transported in ^attle trains to slave labor camps. The next big ideological shock to me "comrades" was Stalin's 1939 alli- ?•<* wit], Hitler. Evil begot evil. The '-'"rnracles," with the exception of a b ^crs FonuM News, October, 1956 few, threw their "ideals" to the wind anel performed their treasonable assignments on orders from Stalin, arm in arm with Hitler. The whole Communist movement inside and outside Russia became a strange and nauseous conglomeration. That in brief is tbe sociological "achievement" of communism in the past thirty years. The events are known. What is not known is how one man, Stalin, could outsmart a Party which had won a WIDE WORLD PHOTO Joseph Z. Kornfeder, who long ogo renounced the Hammer and Sickle. civil war, whose leaders were steeped in organization, maneuver, and intrigue. Much has been said about Stalin's deceptive and ruthless methods, but those he liquidated were no angels. .Marxism-Leninism i.s a guide to action only so long as tlie Party is in opposition. Once tlie Party is in power, it is no guide. Stalin, a pragmatist driven by insatiable greed for power, used theory to suit his own purposes but was neither guided nor hampered by it. While other leaders were sometimes mental prisoners in tlie doctrinal cage of Marxism-Leninism, Stalin dealt with realities as they arose. Working Class Disillusioned Marxist-Leninist doctrine said that, after the seizure of power, the working class was to rule, with the peasants as allies, The Party was to lead the working class into an undefined Utopia mystically known as "socialism" — an avowed goal which, in the mouths of its agitators, sounded pretty good while in opposition. But, when it came to power, an ideologically power-drunk working class found out that someone — they — still had to do the work anel that one could not do a clay's work and rule and manage all of society at the same time. As a result, someone else had to do tlie ruling; only a few of the workers were Page 29
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