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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 33. 1936?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 14, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3018.

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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. (1936?). World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 33. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3018

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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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Transcript government disposes has been set in motion with the purpose of diverting public opinion from the real situation in Russia, with the purpose of veiling the real nature of the objections raised by the executed oppositionists against^ the government's policies. Thus, attempts have been made to represent the entire matter as a simple moral "purge." Zinoviev, Kamenev, Tomsky, Bukharin, Radek and the other Bolsheviks have been made to appear to be corrupt creatures in the pay of the German Gestapo and having the desire of establishing Fascism in Russia. But you ought to understand that by now the trick of moral inculpation, with which you always attempt to drive fear into the minds of those who disagree with you, no longer works on many of us. We are no longer impressed by the delirium of words that possesses you in such junctures. On the contrary, as a result of both, many of us now first come to feel the need of careful thought and honest discussion on the subject. When do people falsify the position of a political opponent? When do people impute to him criminal intentions? When do they murder political opponents or force them to commit suicide? When they are too weak or too cowardly to carry on against their opponents honest discussion and an open struggle over the basic problems of the country. We might grant isolated cases of corruption and dishonesty; we are not in a position to acquire facts. But when it is a question of an entire political current, represented by men who had fought all their lives against Tsarist absolutism and the international bourgeoisie, when it is a question of men called Trotsky, Zinoviev, Kamenev, Radek, Bukharin—then no floods of propaganda will succeed in making us believe that what is facing us here is a simple moral "purge" concerning a band of criminals. Any human being in the possession of healthy five senses will understand that a government employing such means in a struggle against political opponents would probably succumb if it permitted itself to run the risk of honest discussion before the public opinion of the country. We have one way of opposing the defamation spread by the Soviet government, and that is to seize the problem by its roots. We must ask: "What has become of the Russian Revolution? What are the objective reasons for the sharpening of the internal contradictions in the Soviet Union?" The task of the journalists and the writers in the service of the Russian government (and therefore the task of the magazine Das Wort) is cleverly to suppress the all too dangerous discussion on the subject, to turn it aside by means of talk about the new Russian Constitution and the democratic rights which it is said to assure Rus- 31