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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 39. 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/3024.

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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
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  • New York, New York
Date 1936?
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  • Trotsky, Leon, 1879-1940
  • Zinovyev, Grigory Yevseyevich, 1883-1936
  • Kamenev, Lev Borisovich, 1883-1936
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Language English
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Original Item Extent 64 pages: 1 illustration; 20 cm
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Transcript 13 SOCIALIST CALL NEW YORK The Moscow Trial Our readers know well the attitude of the Call towards the Soviet Union. In common with Socialists the world over, we regard it as a workers' government, striving to establish a Socialist society. We are pledged to defend it. But our loyalty has never been blind adulation; on the contrary, it has been the highest kind of loyalty possible, the critical loyalty which recognizes errors when committed but nevertheless maintains the comradeship that binds together all who would effect the emancipation of labor. In this spirit, we approach the problems raised by the recent trial in Moscow. Sixteen men, almost all of whom have served many years in the international labor movement, were charged with the heinous crime of plotting the assassination of the Soviet leaders and allying themselves with German Fascists to accomplish this despicable end. Before an open court-room they confessed. They were immediately sentenced to death and executed. In their confessions, they alleged that they had conspired with some of the highest officials within the Soviet regime and with Leon Trotsky, former commander of the Red Army, now exiled in Norway. But the story is not a simple one. It has many amazing angles which defy clear interpretation. To begin with, credulity is taxed by the thought that men who had won the confidence of the international working class through years of revolutionary activity could thus betray their own past and their hopes for labor's future. We cannot believe that events have occurred in the Soviet Union of such extraordinary character that loyal servants of the working class could be transformed into Fascists. There have been other trials of a similar nature that have raised very real doubts. For example, Rafael Abramovitch was accused of joining in a conspiracy in the Soviet Union during the summer of 1928, at a time when he could have been nowhere near the alleged rendezvous of the conspirators since he was attending an international Socialist congress. Workers want to know if the accusations against Trotsky are of the same kind. From his exile in Norway, Trotsky has maintained his innocence and has pointed the finger of accusation at the Soviet rulers. Despite the astounding confessions—which, by their very unusual character, raise doubts of themselves—there is much to be explained. 37