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Adler, Friedrich. The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 33. 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/5983.

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Adler, Friedrich. (1937). The witchcraft trial in Moscow - Image 33. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/5987/show/5983

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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
Type (DCMI)
  • 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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File Name index.cpd
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Title Image 33
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Transcript the line which it has so far consistently followed, and not to allow itself to be diverted therefrom, however great may be the provocations of Stalin's despotic rule. The Soviet Union has in great measure abolished capitalism, its workers and peasants have achieved tremendous work of construction, and we desire to help it with all our energy, in its defense against its enemies at home and abroad. But with regard to what is bad in the Soviet Union we shall never allow ourselves to be forced to play the part of dumb curs or mendacious whitewashers. In this we differ from the puppets oj the Communist Parties. We oppose any forcible intervention in the developments in the Soviet Union, but we cannot give up the right of criticism, a criticism which is indispensable, not to the detriment but in favor of a peaceful ana evolutionary development in the Soviet Union towards the establishment of the rights and liberties of the people. It is tar irom my intention to deny that at a time when Hitler and Mussolini, filsudsm and Uollluss, the little potentates ot the Border States ana tne Jttalkans, have destroyed the legal basis in a great part of Europe and adopted the basis o± torce, the working-class is compelled to hgnt the fascist usurpers and reactionary bullies ot declining capitalism on the ground wnich they themselves have chosen: on the basis oi torce. We Know and recognize the historic role ot dictatorship in the great historical periods ot revolution. A dictatorship is inghttul and awakens horror when it takes the form ot a violent and bloodthirsty terror, but it may even then be a terror in good faith. A dictatorship becomes a serious danger when it takes its example from the whims ot sadistic potentates who are filled with contempt for human life and cruelly and remorselessly strike off valuable heads. But a dictatorship becomes contemptible when it sinks to a "double-dealing" terror. Our question to Dimitrov is this: Is the most contemptible form of terror, a terror under legal pretexts, really a necessary condition for Socialist construction} Was it not possible during the whole period of the dictatorship under Lenin, and even the whole of the first decade after the October Revolution, to manage without the disgrace of such witchcraft trials, without inquisitional proceedings with extorted fictitious confessions? The Catholic Church is today ashamed of the witchcraft and sorcery trials which it carried out with the greatest aplomb three hundred years ago. It attempts to eradicate their memory. When will the moment come when the Soviet Union will be ashamed of the witchcraft trials too? For the opponents of joint action in the international sphere the Moscow Trial was a most effective argument. As a result of this trial the tendencies towards unity have received a severe set-back. 31