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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 29. 1936?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 11, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3014.

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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. (1936?). World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 29. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3014

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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 for Labor and Defense, Vice-President of the Soviet Government, had organized in association with Hitler's Gestapo individual terrorism against the political and miltary leaders of the Soviet Union? Even more! On the basis of the evidence of the defendants in the Moscow trial, the public prosecutor has also caused an investigation to be opened against Bukharin, Rykov, Radek, Uglianov, Piatakov, Sokolnikov and Serebriakov. One of those threatened by the new investigation, Tomsky, the organizer of the trade unions of the Soviet Union, has anticipated the result of the inquiry by suicide. Are we really to regard it as conceivable that the whole staff of leaders which gathered around Lenin and organized the October Revolution under Lenin's leadership, conducted the civil war to victory and founded the Soviet power, consisted of nothing but oounter-revolutionary conspirators ? Where are the proofs of these monstrous accusations? The proofs consist simply and solely in the confessions of the defendants. These defendants did not confess under the weight of witnesses' evidence and documents which could have been put forward against them. No, they confessed what could not be proved by any document or the evidence of any witness. They almost fell over each other to make their confessions. They did not adduce any extenuating circumstances for themselves, but explained their actions solely by a personal lust for power and accused themselves of deceitful concealment, of murder, of relations with the Gestapo and of treachery to the working class and Socialism. Any public prosecutor in the world would desire to have defendants so eager to confess. In tendentious political trials in the Soviet Union, however, such eagerness to confess has not been seen for the first time. How can we explain it? Are we to believe that these astonishing confessions were true? Or must we assume that the defendants confessed what they were wanted to confess in the vain hope of being able to save their lives in that way alone? Nothing disturbed me so much during the trial as the evidence of a man whom I knew very well and of whom I had a high opinion. I knew Rakovsky when he was still at the head of the Rumanian Social Democratic Party. I knew Rakovsky's courageous attitude during the world war and what he achieved during the civil war. After he had served the Soviet Government in the highest post he, persecuted as a supporter of Trotsky, refused far longer and more courageously than other Trotskyists to submit to the rulers. Now, during the trial, Rakovsky published an article in the Pravda in which, beginning with a tribute to Stalin, he reviled Trotsky and the defendants as traitors, blackguards and allies of fascism, assumed their association with the Gestapo as proved by asserting that he was ashamed of once having belonged to Trotsky's circle, and closed with the demand: "These must be shot!" I knew Rakovsky to be a man who was sound and full of character. Does this sagacious man also 27