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Adler, Friedrich. The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 31. 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/5981.

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Adler, Friedrich. (1937). The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 31. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5981

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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 31
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Transcript The Amnesty Conference had before it well-documented memoranda on the atrocities of the Gestapo, but the Moscow Trial disturbs the consciences of all right-thinking people with the question, "And the OGPU?" The Communists are absolutely right when they do all in their power to save political prisoners from the executioner, but unfortunately their actions take on a positively grotesque aspect when they at the same time pass over in silence the shootings in Moscow or are even obliged to applaud them. The Communist auxiliary organizations possess good ideas, organizing skill and abundant financial resources. The only thing they lack is unity of moral basis. Yet this is more important than anything else for people who desire effectively to combat the disgrace of Fascist barbarism. Thus out of the necessities of the struggle against Fascism arises the question which presents itself again and again under every possible aspect: Why are the Moscow rulers unable to dispense with the witchcraft trials, why are they unable to introduce those forms of political penal trials which we unremittingly demand from the Fascist rulers'? THE AUTHOR'S PERSONAL CONCLUSIONS What I have so far set out could have been written by any other Socialist, and I assume that it will meet with the approval of all honest people who are able freely to express their convictions. In my conclusions I am compelled to speak personally for my attitude to the problems raised by the Moscow Trial is not so simple as that of those who reject individual terror "on principle." In my defense before the Special Tribunal* two decades ago, I declared that only "the holding of such trials as today's justifies every act of violence against the rulers in Austria. This trial alone—and such trials In general—is for rne_ a moral justification. And I should like to point out that it is the state of justice in Austria which has weighed upon me most seriously since the beginning of the war, and has repeatedly awakened in me a feeling of offended honor, a feeling of shame at being an Austrian." ~~ From these few words it will be understood that the struggle against ^ the destruction of legal security which I untiringly carried on against Habsburg absolutism, imposes upon me the obvious duty to protest with all my energy against the judicial atrocities in the country which claims the honorable name of "Socialist." For legal security was, andi.H still remains, for me as much an attribute of the Socialist order of society as security of material existence. *This Trial was held in Vienna during the War (18th-19th May, 1917)—Adler was condemned to dearth; this sentence was commuted to 18 years' imprisonment in October, 1917, and a full amnwry^5TJ« H'"*" *'f lli^^jflpfmr "" »!.« ^1.f prt.k., 1Q1« 29