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Adler, Friedrich. The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 17. 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/5967.

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Adler, Friedrich. (1937). The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 17. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5967

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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 Yes, it has been "proved," proved "by the categorical admissions of the defendants themselves," as Dimitrov so instructively describes them. And all the "admissions" have the same overwhelming power of conviction, such as the admission regarding the meeting in the Hotel Bristol, from which the go-between is supposed to have proceeded to L. Trotsky. Among the accused there may have been individuals who actually did play with terrorist ideas. From the report of the court proceedings no conclusive proof can be obtained either for or against this assumption. And that is the terrible thing about this trial, that the concluding words of State Attorney Vyshinsky: "I demand that dogs gone mad should be shot—every one of them!" (p. 164) became a reality, although no proceedings were taken that could illuminate the real facts, although no second court was allowed to investigate the matter, and although it is certain in the case of quite a number of decisive "admissions" that they are untrue. Moreover, the period of 72 hours for appeal was not even allowed to elapse, but the shootings took place during the night after the verdict. There was no reason for this haste in any particularly critical situation of the regime, but the simple reason for it was the bad consciences of those who apply the "malleus male- ficarum" in the Soviet Union. The Ogpu wanted to make sure of its victims as quickly as possible. DIMITROV AND INDEPENDENT COUNSEL In our telegram we put forward the demand that "the accused shall be allowed to have defending counsel who are absolutely independent of the Government." The semi-official spokesmen in Moscow were indignant at this demand. Dimitrov regards it as "ridiculous and pitiable" for, as he says, the defendants "were granted the rieht to choose their defending counsel . . . but thev renounced the riffht of choosing defending counsel." But as to the necessity of having foreign counsel for the defense at a trial in a dictatorship country, as well as the reasons for rejecting defending counsel who are dependent upon the dictatorship government, we have a good witness who has said everything which it was necessary to say, namelv, Georgi Dimitrov himself. He began his final speech at the Reichstag Fire Trial with the following statement, which we take from the Communist International Press Correspondence of December 29th, 1933 (p. 1296).* *We give the version from th*> English edition of "International Press Corresoondpnce." The first text published in the German edition (Rundschau, page 1881), is still more striking. For example, instead of the words, "but in the present situation in Germany I cannot possibly have the necessary confidence in his defense," it contains the following sentence: "The present political conditions in Germany do not permit me to have any confidence in him as my defender, as he lacks the necessary independence for such a defense." 15