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Adler, Friedrich. The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 15. 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/5965.

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Adler, Friedrich. (1937). The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 15. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5965

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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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Title Image 15
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Transcript The final speech of State Attorney Vyshinsky, which lasted for more than four hours, is given in full on 49 pages. But to all the last pleas of the defendants together, which took three full sessions of the court and are said to have lasted 14 hours, only a bare ten pages are given, whereas there should have been at least seventeen times as many if the last pleas of the defendants had been given as fully as the final speech of the State Attorney. Important material is missing which might perhaps have allowed further serious inferences to be made as to the veracity of the "confessions" of the accused. Thus all we learn of the final plea of the defendant Holtzman are the following three lines: "Here," says Holtzman, "in the dock beside me, is a gang of murderers, not only murderers, but Fascist murderers. I do not ask for mercy" (p. 172). And yet it would have been important to learn something more from the last plea of Holtzman, for in his very important "confession" there is one of the "errors of stage-management" which can be demonstrated to the full. DEMONSTRABLY FALSE WITNESS Holtzman is a highly important defendant. It is said of him in the indictment, and also in the report of his examination (p. 98) that: "In 1932 he personally received from L. Trotsky instructions regarding preparations for terroristic acts against the leaders of the C. P. S. U. and the Soviet Government." Holtzman stated in his examination how he met Trotsky's son, Sedov, and how the latter took him to L. Trotsky in Copenhagen to that conversation during which Trotsky "plainly told" him "that the fundamental task now (that is, in the autumn of 1932) was to assassinate Comrade Stalin" (p. 101). In this decisive "confession" by Holtzman the following passage occurred (p. 100): "I arranged with Sedov to be in Copenhagen within two or three days, to put up at the Hotel Bristol and meet him there. I went to the hotel straight from the station and in the lounge met Sedov. About 10 a.m. W8 went to Trotsky . . ." This Hotel Bristol, at which Holtzman met Trotsky's son in 1932, according to his confession, is actually given first place among the Copenhagen hotels in a pre-war edition of Baedeker's Denmark. But it is not to be found in the post-war guide books, as it was pulled down in 1917 and has not been rebuilt. This trivial fact, which fully reveals the veracity value of the "confessions," was not ascertained until Holtzman had been shot without having had the opportunity of appealing. But this does not by any means exhaust the number of "confessions" by Holtzman which are demonstrably false. Sedov, Trotsky's son, whom Holtzman claims to have met "in the lounge" of the Hotel Bristol, and who is supposed to have taken him to Trotsky's apartment 13