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Adler, Friedrich. The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 28. 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/5978.

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Adler, Friedrich. (1937). The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 28. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5978

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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 in the Soviet Union, a very characteristic expression of opinion, the only one which really exists in documentary form, but not a word was said about it at the trial, because it was—against individual terror in the Soviet Union! This expression of opinion by Trotsky was known only too well in Moscow, and the part it played in the preparations for bringing Trotsky into the "amalgam of charges" is one of the most illuminating sidelights upon the methods by which the trial was conducted. Trotsky's opinion was expressed in a very long article on "The New Constitution of the U.S.S.R.," which is dated April 16th, 1936, and was published in the Trotskyist organs at that time in Russian, French, German and English. In the course of a polemic against a statement by Molotov which the latter had made to the editor-in-chief of the Paris Temps, Trotsky stated that: "At the dawn of the Soviet power the terroristic acts were perpetrated by S.R.'s and the Whites in the atmosphere of the still unfinished civil war. When the former ruling classes abandoned all their hopes, terrorism disappeared as well. Kulak terror, traces of which are observable even now, was always local in character, and was an accompaniment of the partisan war against the Soviet regime. This is not what Molotov had in mind. The new terror does not lean upon either the old ruling classes or the Kulak. The terrorists of recent years are recruited exclusively from among the Soviet Youth, from the ranks of the Y.C.L. and of the Party. While utterly impotent to solve those tasks which it sets itself, individual terror is, however, of the greatest symptomatic importance, because it characterizes the sharpness of the antagonism between the bureaucracy and the wide masses of the people, especially the younger generation. Terrorism is the tragic accompaniment of Bonapartism." The article closes with these words: "Bonapartism is afraid of the young people, hence they must be brought together under the banner of Marx and Lenin. From the adventures of individual terror, the method of the desperate, the vanguard of the young generation must be led over to the broad path of the world revolution. New Bolshevik cadres must be formed to replace the rotting bureaucratic regime." What is the inference drawn by Communist propaganda from this quotation, from which it prudently suppresses the concluding sentences entirely? An amazing one! "Every honest person who reads this uotation cannot help seeing that Trotsky is inciting to individual error." These are the actual words from an article in the Communist International Press Correspondence of August 1st, 1936, first published in the German Rundschau of July 23rd, 1936, which went unnoticed at the time—three weeks before the Moscow Trial. The article bears the title "The Dreams of the Traitor Trotsky" in the German edition, and in the English edition the title "Trotsky Implies to Stalinist Con- titution by Praise of Individual Terrorism." It becomes of unusual interest in connection with the preparation of the trial, since it contains what is really a program of what later came to pass. The article is signed by P. Lang (in the German edition, but not in the English), Vf )<&i 26 -131}