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Adler, Friedrich. The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 16. 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/5966.

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Adler, Friedrich. (1937). The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 16. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5966

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Title The witchcraft trial in Moscow
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  • 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 in Copenhagen, can prove convincingly that he was not in Copenhagen while Trotsky was staying there. Indeed the truth is more drastic still: Sedov was never in Copenhagen in his life! From the non-existent Hotel Bristol, Sedov, who has never been in Copenhagen, took Holtzman to Trotsky! Such are the "facts" which are supposed to prove that Trotsky had "personally" given "instructions regarding preparations for terroristic acts!" There are likewise quite a number of other facts which prove that fictitious confessions were extorted from the defendants in this trial too. Thus there are proofs that the confessions of the defendant V. P. Olberg are in contradiction to the facts on important points. But here there is no need to multiply proofs; what has already been said suffices to remove every doubt that this trial too was built up on extorted fictitious "confessions," and that the same methods were employed as in the case of the Menshevik Trial in 1931. THE OGPU TECHNIQUE At each of the great political sensational trials the State Attorney has attached particular importance to obtaining confessions from the deiendants with regard to the existence of a special organization. There must be the very strongest doubts as to whether a single one of the centres of organization about which stories were invented at the trials actually existed. With regard to one of them, namely, the Menshevik Union Jbureau, there is no doubt, tor we know that this did not exist. But Irom each of the indictments it is seen that the fiction of an "organization" is necessary for the production of an amalgam of charges, in order to bring people into relation with the matter, when there is otherwise no indication that they are connected with it. We made the details of this system clear in our pamphlet in 1931, when the Ogpu was concerned with bringing the Labor and Socialist International into relation with the mythical "All Union Bureau." And when we study the reports of the trial of 1936 we find that the purpose of all the improbable constructions and "confessions" is to bring Trotsky within the reach of the charge. The most important thing for the State Attorney, that which he demanded from the defendants, was confessions which would make this connection credible. But if the reports are followed in relation to this point the impression of an untenable tissue of lies is strengthened still more. In all probability the "Trotskyite- Zinovievite United Terrorist Centre" was in reality as non-existent as the "Menshevik Union Bureau" of 1931. Dimitrov pathetically declares: "Has it not been proved that Trotsky, whom reactionary Socialist leaders carried on their shields at one time, is the organizer of individual terrorism in the Soviet Union? It has been proved." U