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Adler, Friedrich. The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 12. 1937. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. June 22, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5962.

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Adler, Friedrich. (1937). The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 12. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5962

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Title The witchcraft trial in Moscow
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Adler, Friedrich
Publisher Pioneer Publishers
Date 1937
Description In regard to the trial of Zinoviev, Kamenev and others in August, 1936.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Trials
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Zinovyev, Grigory Y.
  • Kamenev, Lev B.
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • Soviet Union
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  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 32 pages; 20 cm
Original Item Location DK267.P25 1937
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304411~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
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Transcript BACK TO THE INQUISITION And now we see the staggering fact that the present century has produced serious relapses into the methods of the tribunals of the Inquisition. Physical torture has become a daily event under the barbarism of Fascism. The bestialities in Hitler's concentration camps and storm troop barracks are a matter of general knowledge. Death sentences have been pronounced in Hitlerite Germany after fictitious confessions extorted by torture. Even in Spain, the country in which the Inquisition continued to exist longest of all, it has made its appearance once again. The Socialists, defeated in October 1934, were subjected to terrible tortures in the prisons. But still more surprising is the paradox that the Russian Revolution, which has made much extraordinary efforts to fight against superstition, has returned under Stalin to the methods of the witchcraft trials for political purposes. Five years ago it was pointed out in the pamphlet issued by the Secretariat of the Labor and Socialist International,* which has now unfortunately become of great immediate interest again, that: "It is a characteristic feature of all the great trials which have been set on foot by Krylenko since Schachty that no documents and material documentary proof appear in them. Everything is proved simply by voluntary confessions and self-accusations of 'penitent defendants' and nothing by documents . . ." They work "only with guaranteed genuine 'sincere confessions' which by a wonderful 'predestined harmony' always correspond exactly to the latest guiding lines of the 'Politbureau* of the Communist Party." The picture, as seen from outside, is always the same. The indictment which reproduces the "confessions" of the accused made during the preliminary investigations, is repeated at the public proceedings where the defendants make their "confessions" again. The only change is in the role of the producers. A. Y. Vyshinsky, however, is always present. At the trials down to 1931 he is not so noticeable in his apparent objectivity as "President of the Court," but at the trials since 1931 he takes over from Krylenko the role of State Attorney who presents the trained defendants at the main proceedings in public. The most important thing, the drilling of the defendants at the preliminary investigation, i.e., what happens behind the scenes, is in the hands of the Ogpu. Its powerful chief, Yagoda—who suddenly fell into disfavor after the trial and was transferred to the uninfluential position of Minister for the Postal Service—and his assistant, Jacob Agranoff, are regarded as the chief masters of the Bolshevik "malleus maleficarum." ""The Moscow Trial and the Labor and Socialist International," issued by the Secretariat of the Labor and Socialist International, with contributions by Friedrich Adler, R. Abramovitch, Leon Blum and Emile Vandervelde (Labour Party, London, 1931), p. 26. 10