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Adler, Friedrich. The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 14. 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/5964.

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Adler, Friedrich. (1937). The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 14. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5964

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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
Genre (AAT)
  • 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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Title Image 14
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Transcript drastic manner of all by the photograph which shows Abramovitch with the delegates of the International Socialist Congress in Brussels at the very time when, according to the "confessions," he is supposed to have been in Russia. The overlooking of this congress was one of the "errors of stage- management" from which the Moscow trials continually suffer in spite of the most careful preparation. In our pamphlet on the Moscow Trial of 1931 we came to the conclusion that the "verdict" which provided the climax of the judicial farce was a pure invention as a whole and in all its details. We definitely declared (p. 35) ". . . that not one single point of essential political importance in the tissue of lies in the Moscow trial can be maintained." A QUESTION OF HASTE Our unshakable experiences in connection with the trial of 1931 were of necessity bound to awaken our greatest mistrust at once when the Russian telegraphic agency announced that once again a great trial was being staged against Zinoviev, Kamenev and others, who had already been sentenced eighteen months before and had since been in prison. Dimitrov dares to say that we sent our telegram to the Soviet Government "in such haste." The facts must be kept in mind in order fully to appreciate the character of this reproach. The indictment is dated August 14th. The accused had to appear before the court on August 19th, that is, five days later. During the night of August 23 rd to 24th, sentence was pronounced, and on August 25th the telegraphic agency announced that it had already been carried out. In truth we did not send our telegram on August 21st too soon, but too late. Nobody at that time imagined that the 16 defendants would already be shot four days later. It was only the Soviet Government which acted "in such haste" and gave the trial the character of a surprise attack, a surprise attack upon the accused and upon world public opinion. MOSCOW TRIAL OFFICIAL REPORTS After our experiences in 1931, it was our right and duty to demand all legal guarantees for the defendants immediately. Before forming our opinion on the trial, however, we wanted to wait until the full reports were available. They are full. The pamphlet published by the People's Commissariat of Justice runs to 180 pages. But in spite of its relatively great length, this report is unfortunately by no means verbatim, and it leaves room for all kinds of doubts. It is worst of all with regard to the concluding speeches. 12