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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 23. 1936?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 20, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3008.

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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. (1936?). World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 23. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3008

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Title World voices on the Moscow trials
Alternative Title World voices on the Moscow trials: a compilation from the labor and liberal press of the world
Creator (LCNAF)
  • American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky
Publisher Pioneer Publishers
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York, New York
Date 1936?
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940
  • Zinovyev, Grigory Yevseyevich, 1883-1936
  • Kamenev, Lev Borisovich, 1883-1936
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  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Image
Original Item Extent 64 pages: 1 illustration; 20 cm
Original Item Location DK266.3.A45
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304404~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
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Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
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Transcript The 16 prisoners, accused of conspiracy to murder Stalin, were sentenced to death at 2:30 A.M., August 24, 1936. Were they guilty? The case is loaded with improbabilities. They were convicted on the evidence of their own confessions, obtained from them by the Ogpu before the trial; and the Ogpu knows all the tricks of the third degree. Why did they not retract their confessions when in court? Broken fragments of manhood; hemmed in, as they were, by bayonets; torn between the fear of further torture and the last glimmer of hope of release—each individual had a promise that his life would be spared, on condition that he adhered to his confession. In 1553, the Duke of Northumberland, under sentence of death, "had a promise made him of a pardon; yea, though his head were on the block, on condition that he would recant, and hear Mass. On which promise he firmly relied, and did what was required; and still borne up with the same hope, on the scaffold denied, in word and outward profession," etc. See Cobbett's State Trials, Vol. I. After the sentence, the 16 were not given much opportunity to withdraw their confessions; at dawn, August 25, it is officially reported, they were all shot, including the inevitable stool-pigeons. Why shoot the stool-pigeons? Dead men tell no tales. And why did Tomsky shoot himself? Not because he had plotted to kill Stalin, but because Stalin was plotting to kill Tomsky, after screwing out of him a false confession. London, October, 1936. 21