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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 36. 1936?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 16, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3021.

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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. (1936?). World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 36. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3021

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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
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  • 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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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
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Transcript 12 THE NATION NEW YORK The Moscow Trials The people's Commissariat of Justice of the U. S. S. R. has issued in English an official "record of court proceedings" in "The Case of the Trotskyite-Zinovievite Terrorist Center." The Soviet government is correct in assuming that the English-speaking world is still interested in the strange trials in which sixteen men, among them several old Bolsheviks, repeated, confirmed, and seemed to revel in confessions of guilt. In these confessions the "employees," as they are designated in the indictment, involved themselves and one another in a widespread plot to assassinate the principal Soviet leaders and seize power. Most of all, however, they incriminated Leon Trotsky as the spiritual leader and actual director of their activities; and one of their number, Valentine Olberg, testified that Trotsky had conspired with the German Gestapo to bring about the assassination of Stalin and the overthrow of his regime. It was this last charge that fell like a thunderbolt not only among the proletarian organizations of the world but also in the ranks of those liberals and democrats who have defended the Soviet Union since its desperate beginnings. The official record of the court proceedings, unfortunately, does not decide the issue. The reader is not helped by the fact that it is not a transcript—instead, large sections of important testimony are merely summarized in terms not usually to be met with in the records of a court of law. What is more disturbing, there is no indication, with one minor exception, of the presence in court of any documentary evidence beyond the confessions which had already been made in private examinations and set down in the government records. Most of the defendants, as the newspaper accounts indicated at the time, were voluble and often melodramatic in confirming the charges against them. But one of the witnesses was recalcitrant throughout. This was Smirnov, described as "the closest friend of Trotsky and the actual organizer and leader" inside Russia. Smirnov "denies his own direct part in the terroristic activities and only partly admits his crimes," reads the official report. At such times as he denies charges he is confronted with his own confession made privately beforehand or with the testimony of his codefendants, whose confessions are also already on record. "Under the weight of all these irrefutable facts," says the report, "Smirnov at last admits" his guilt. At one point he is "completely exposed" by an outside wit- 34