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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 63. 1936?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 21, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3048.

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American Committee for the Defense of Leon Trotsky. (1936?). World voices on the Moscow trials - Image 63. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/3054/show/3048

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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
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Transcript for unjustified wholesale reprisals—old charges that have been repeated in the New York press within the past few days. What is one to make of all this? Some commentators, writing at a long distance from the scene, profess doubt that the executed men were guilty. It is suggested that they may have participated in a piece of stage play for the sake of friends or members of their families, held by the Soviet government as hostages and to be set free in exchange for this sacrifice. It is hinted that to discredit Trotsky in the eyes of the world is now the matter of greatest importance to Stalin and that the whole affair may have been trumped up for this purpose. Other commentators, without arguing the guilt or innocence of the accused, concern themselves with the question why the trial was held at this moment and suggest it was an attempt to take the minds of the Russian masses off the spectacle of the civil war in Spain, in view of the contemplated policy of neutrality, a policy which, it was assumed, would prove extremely unpopular. We see no reason to accept any of these labored hypotheses, or to take the trial at other than its face value. Governments are rarely so sensitive to opinion in other countries as the inhabitants of those countries would like to believe. Foreign correspondents present at the trial pointed out that the stories told by these sixteen defendants, covering a series of complicated happenings over nearly five years, corroborated each other to an extent that would be quite impossible if they were not substantially true. The stories were not identical— such a thing would tend to confirm the suspicion that they were manufactured—but they were practically the same. The defendants, who spoke volubly and extemporaneously for several days, gave no evidence of having been coached, parroting confessions painfully memorized in advance, or of being under any sort of duress. The outside world tends to attribute to the Communists, as to all other specialized groups, a unanimity that does not exist. The blunt fact is that when Trotsky was in power, he had millions of devoted adherents. His ideas about early and complete world revolution were at one time the official and approved doctrine of the Communist Parties in all countries. When the Stalinist group came to power and Trotsky was exiled, neither his personality nor his views could be erased by magic from the hearts and minds of so many people. The hatred American tories feel for Roosevelt is probably no more violent than the similar feeling the Russian Trotskyites had for Stalin. Let it be remembered, too, that these were "Old Bolsheviks," accustomed all their lives to underground revolutionary plotting, prepared to run desperate personal risks and quite confident of their own ability, given the chance, to take over and operate the government of Russia or any other country. Such men, while willing to take the consequences of their actions if caught, would be the last to confess, for ulterior motives, a guilt that did not exist. 61