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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 52. 1936?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 13, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3037.

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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. (1936?). World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 52. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3037

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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 18 DAS NEUE TAGE-BUCH PARIS AND AMSTERDAM Gestapo-Man Trotsky The Moscow People's Commissariat of Justice has just issued a German translation of the "Report of the Court Proceedings in the Case of the Trotskyite-Zinovievite Terrorist Center." It is a book of 185 pages which contains the official material of the trial: the indictment against the accused, the protocol of their execution, the prosecutor's speech, and finally the concluding pleas of the accused together with their sentence. ' The publication of this material is a fresh example of how stupidly simple dictatorships are when they try to cover up their sins before the eyes of the outside world. For this official report is infinitely compromising to Soviet justice. No one who has the slightest notion of juristic things or a feeling for the decent administration of justice can read it without being terribly shocked, and the more one hopes to see in the Soviet Union a partner in the fight against Nazi barbarism the more shocked one will be. This official Soviet account of the Moscow trial removes the last shadow of doubt about the character of the Moscow executions and what preceded them. Of course, this official collection of documents solves neither the political mystery—the purpose of the Moscow trial—nor the psychological mystery—the obviously false self-accusations of people like Kamenev and Zinoviev. But it does establish the fact that the chief witness for the incredibility of their "confessions" is the state's attorney himself. In the closing speech of the prosecutor we read: "Not the slightest confidence must be placed in these certified and hardened deceivers. They themselves understand that they do not deserve any confidence. While examining Zinoviev, I asked him, 'Are you speaking the whole truth now?' and he answered, 'Now I am speaking the whole truth.' But what proof is there of this, how can we believe them, when they have surpassed all conceptions of perfidy, cunning, deceit, and treachery." Indeed, these proofs do not exist, nothing even remotely resembling proofs. The very "confessions" of Zinoviev and Kamenev are completely incredible because, if for no other reason, at no phase in the preliminary investigation did they hesitate for a moment to confess to anything that was asked of them. Space is inadequate to enumerate all the psychological and criminological absurdities revealed in the 185 pages of this book; but there is hardly a single page which does not strengthen our opinion of the nature of this 50