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But in the camps where I was kept, it was different. The Jews whose experience I saw - their life was softer than that of others. To explain the actions of the Kiev cheka [secret police] only by the fact that two thirds were Jews, is certainly incorrect. He is currently in frail health, but in an interview given last month he said that Russia must come to terms with the Stalinist and revolutionary genocides - and that its Jewish population should be as offended at their own role in the purges as they are at the Soviet power that also persecuted them.
I will always differentiate between layers of Jews. One layer rushed headfirst to the revolution.
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Another, to the contrary, was trying to stand back. The Jewish subject for a long time was considered prohibited. Zhabotinsky [a Jewish writer] once said that the best service our Russian friends give to us is never to speak aloud about us.
Toward a single-party dictatorship" Ph. In this sense, the murders of Karl Licbknccht and Rosa Luxemburg on 15 January were quite advantageous for Lenin. While there is no evidence to suggest that Lenin had anything to do with their deaths, it is possible that another prominent Bolshevik leader, Karl Radek, was involved in the murders. The initial preparations for the attempt on the lives of Licbkncchl and Luxemburg were apparently made in the first half of December In Anton Fischer, the deputy military commandant of Berlin, stated in a written deposition that his department had maintained surveillance over the two Spartacus leaders so as "not to allow them to conduct agitational and organizational activities.
In the course of the investigation into this incident, roughly six witnesses stated that a reward in the amount ofmarks had been offered for the murders of Licbknccht and Luxemburg. This prize was promised by Philipp Schcidcmann - a prominent German Social Democrat who was head of the government from February through June ofand his close friend Gcorg Sklarz - a businessman who had become wealthy during the war trading in arms for the German army Sebastian Haffner, Eine Deutsche Revolution Rowohll [n.
The investigation begun in showed that Sklarz, a collaborator of Parvus's, planned the attempt on Licbknccht and Luxemburg, apparently in collusion with Parvus and Schcidcmann, and that Sklarz was to have paid a reward of 50, XX marks for each of the Spartacus leaders sec the Government Archive of the FRG, Rfolder 1The Sklarz Case.
It is true that Radck's name is not mentioned in the Sklarz materials, but it surfaces in connection with the January assassinations of Licbknccht and Luxemburg. Karl Licbknccht's brother Theodore devoted his life to the investigation of these murders. Theodore Licbknccht, a German Social Democrat, came to the conclusion that Karl Radek was definitely involved in the murders. The materials he collected in the course of his investigation perished during a bombing raid on Germany in November of Archives of the International Iastitutc of Social History in Amsterdam, Theodore Licbknccht collection, folder 10, diary notations in German by T.
But inBoris I. Nicolacvsky, the famous Russian emigre historian and archivist, wrote Theodore Licbknccht a letter asking about Karl Moore, a secret collaborator with the German government among the Social Democrats.
Licbknccht dated 15 Decemberin German. In response, Theodore Licbknccht told Nicolacvsky about his conclusions concerning the role of Radek in the deaths of his brother and Rosa Luxemburg.
However, there is an allusion to this correspondence in a letter from Nicolaesvsky to a third person. That meeting never took place, and Theodore felt that Radck had betrayed Karl. In a letter to the Italian socialist A.
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Balabanova collectionNicolaevsky spelled out what precisely Karl Licbknccht had found out about Radck: On the eve of Karl Liebknecht's arrest he met Theodore on the street and on the way said that he had received information regarding Radck's tics with military circles, and coasidcrcd him a traitor. They made arrangements to meet the next day, at which time Karl was to have recounted the details - but that night Karl Licbknccht was arrested and killed.
All through the next years Theodore gathered evidence, and told me that he was convinced of the accuracy of his brother's suspicioas [ He assured me that the same conclusion regarding Radck had also been reached by Karl Licbknccht, who had a conversation on this subject with Theodore at their last meeting.
Karl, in Theodore's words, was completely crushed by information he had received then from someone - from whom Theodore did not know. Souvarinc, letter from Nicolaevsky to B. Souvarinc dated 1 1 April And in he wrote to M. Pavlovskii, who was studying Bolshcvik-Gcrman collaboration in the pre -revolutionary period: The subject was something else, the fact that Radck provided them [the German secret service - Y. He was an absolutely honest man, very knowledgeable, he was totally correct regarding Karl Moore, he brought much to light in the affair of his brother's murder, [and] had some good informants.
To me it is unquestionable that Radck was linked with very major German secret agents. Stalin did not shoot him inundoubtedly because he figured on using his old contactsand therefore in this matter we can still run across much that is unexpected. Pavlovskii dated 2 September Of course, these materials arc not in themselves sufficient to allow Radck to be definitively considered one of the organizers behind the assassinations of Licbknccht and Luxemburg. Bui they are more than adequate to place Radck under suspicion of participating in the murders in some fashion.
For the Left Communists, for the supporters of Trotsky, and for the majority of the Left SRs distinguished from the Bolsheviks by their greater dogmatismthe issue of building Communism in a single country did not exist: It is necessary to stipulate one reservation at this point.
Ultimately, building Communism in an "isolated country" turned out to be entirely possible, but doing so, as we now know, necessitated the destruction of those Communist romantics who would agree to build it only in accordance with maximalist dogma, rather than proceeding from the actual state of affairs in Soviet Russia.
In retrospect, cognizant as we arc of Stalin's campaign to purge the old Bolsheviks init is appropriate to salute the intuition of those who opposed "socialism in one country": Stalin's intentions were shown by the so-called "Georgian affair", by his quarrel with Krupskaia, which was followed by a rift in his personal relations with the dying Lenin, and also his announcement to members of he Politburo - Trotsky, Zinov'cv and Kamene v - that Lenin had asked him for poison with which to commit suicide see L.
Trotsky later thought that Stalin wished to use this method to hasten Lenin's death. For a more detailed discussion see the appendix entitled, "From the documents of" in Kommunisticheskaia oppozitsiia The Labor Publishing Company Ltd. Eastman indicated elsewhere that he took down the quotations from the "Testament" from the words of three prominent Bolsheviks. Leon Trotsky Leon Trotsky Russian: He was an influential politician in the early days of the Soviet Unionfirst as People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs and later as the founder and commander of the Red Army and People's Commissar of War.
He was also among the first members of the Politburo. He became an enemy of the State and was erased from Soviet history after leading the failed struggle of the Left Opposition against the policies and rise of Joseph Stalin in the s and the increasing bureaucratization of the Soviet Union. October Revolution celebration[ edit ] On November 7,this image was snapped of the Soviet leadership celebrating the second anniversary of the October Revolution.
Censorship of images in the Soviet Union
After Trotsky and his allies fell from power, a number of figures were removed from the image, including Trotsky and two people over to Lenin's left, wearing glasses and giving a salute.
Lev Kamenev two men over on Lenin's right was another of Stalin's opponents and below the boy in front of Trotsky, another bearded figure, Artemic Khalatov the one time Commissar of publishing, was also edited out.
After Sergei Kirov's murder on December 1,which precipitated Stalin's Great PurgesZinovievKamenev and their closest associates were once again expelled from the Communist Party and arrested in December