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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 56. 1936?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 19, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3041.

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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. (1936?). World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 56. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3041

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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 deur of leaders who were contented—more than fifteen years after the taking of power—to execute wholesale a few dozen pawns, to exile a few thousand to Siberia, and to isolate for a time the principal "culprits"—that is, the moral culprits! Today it is those same "culprits" who are being executed and for the same "crimes." And these were the men who were the comrades and friends of Lenin, the leaders of the militant revolution, the organizers of the Communist International. With the exception of the old man who is dead, and that other old man imprudently thrown into the uncertain tomb of exile, and of that third, the one and only, who is triumphant—all the old guard is there, shot by the regime whose victory they wrought. We must hence conclude that the founders of the revolution were capable of the worst crimes, associated with the worst enemies of the revolution for the sole end of destroying the conquests of the revolution. What a unique example of collective depravity! Or, if not . . .? But there is proof! The Russian government and its officials repeat to us with insistent abuse which poorly conceals the uneasiness and anxiety which oppresses them, that this proof is overwhelming. Yet, despite all the resources of an expert police, not a single document, not a single fact. . . . Well then, where are the proofs? One sole proof, but indeed, one of unmatched magnitude in the annals of crime, the stereotyped and frenzied "confessions" of these model accused, of these monsters who add to the monstrosity of their crimes the more frightful monstrosity of their confessions. It is all too beautiful. We do not defend these exemplary criminals who, had they not been so furiously intent upon dishonoring themselves, would have been able to explode the charges against them. We do not defend them. In the oppressive atmosphere in which they agreed to their roles, they dug their own graves in the contempt in which history will hold them. . . . Danton was without doubt an adventurer and Robespierre a pure revolutionist. But when Robespierre dispatched Danton to the scaffold, Danton did not rush to his death crying, "The great Robespierre is right!" He choked with rage and with threats of vengeance. This we can understand. But we do not understand history as it is manufactured today in Moscow. The staff of L'Humanite, who vilified the dead, have gone to great lengths all in vain. They explain nothing, because they are unable to explain anything. However, a general line does clearly emerge. Those who have just been shot had for a long time practised the unprincipled politics to which they themselves fell victim. From one capitulation to another, they finally sank to the depths of that profound cowardice, or possibly weariness. As a result of what inducements? Or what mysterious promises? And in what manner did they die? Here again all is dark. . . . But these men were great revolutionists and continued to embody the tradition of October. It is this which is clear. The 54