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Adler, Friedrich. The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 18. 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/5968.

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Adler, Friedrich. (1937). The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 18. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5968

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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 18
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Transcript "I proposed the names of a number of lawyers whom I wanted to undertake my defense—Moro Giafferi, Torres, Campinchi, Willard, Grigorov and four others, but all my proposals were rejected. I have no particular distrust in Teichert, but in the present situation in Germany I cannot possibly have the necessary confidence in his defense. I now address you with the request that you permit Willard to undertake my defense in conjunction with Teichert. If you are not prepared to agree to this, then I shall defend myself as best I can alone." (The court then rejected this last request of Dimitrov.) "Now that you have rejected this proposal, I have decided to defend myself. 7 want neither the honey or the poison of a defense which is forced upon me. I do not feel myself in any way bound by the speech for my defense made by Teichert. Decisive for my position is exclusively that which I say myself. I do not wish to offend my party comrade, Torgler, particularly as, in my opinion, his defending lawyer has already offended him enough, but as far as I am concerned, 1 would sooner be sentenced to death as an innocent man by this court than accept the sort of defense put forward by Dr. Sack" (our italics). What Dimitrov said with regard to Germany, namely, that no confidence could be placed in defending counsel from the country itself, as the necessary independence of such a defense was lacking, unfortunately applies to the full in the case of the Soviet Union as well. What counsel for the defense could have dared seriously to oppose State Attorney Vyshinsky and attempt to reveal the truth? And what would have happened if one of the defendants had done what Dimitrov repeatedly did in the Reichstag Fire Trial, namely, demand defending counsel from abroad? We can picture this for ourselves only too well, for the Pravda condemned this demand, which we put forward for the defendants in our telegram, as an attempt "to libel the Soviet Court." (Translated from Rundschau, p. 1678). Defendants in the Soviet Union may not dare to express their real opinion with regard to the political system of court proceedings. But we openly declare that as long as these methods of witchcraft trial obtain we consider political justice under Stalin to be just as detestable as political justice under Hitler. D. N. PRITT'S DEFENSE OF MOSCOW A. J. Vyshinsky has found an advocate, a famous advocate, in Western Europe. The whole of the Bolshevik press breathes again at the fact that in the face of the storm of indignation and desperation caused by the last Moscow trial it can fall back upon an authority such as D. N. Pritt. This British lawyer is one of the ornaments of the British Bar and bears the title of "King's Counsel." He was elected a Labor Member of Parliament at the last General Election, and his name became known far beyond the confines of Great Britain when he took over the presidency of the "Counter-Trial" which was held in London and Paris in order to expose the National-Socialist tissue of lies in connection with the Reichstag Trial. On that occasion Pritt performed an 16 1