Maxim Gorky 1920

Relief for Russia

To all who have Children
or who love Children!

(29 March 1923)

From International Press Correspondence (Weekly), Vol. 3 No. 12, 29 March 1923, p. 189.
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Today we must help the 2 million Russian children, the orphans living amid the rums of the world war and in the famine districts. At the time when the famine threatened to strangle Russia, I sent an appeal, a cry throughout the wilderness of Europe; my call was not in vain. And now I appeal for Russia once more. I call upon all who love children, or who have children themselves, to participate in the International School Week, April 15–21, of this year which is being carried out by the International Workers’ Relief conjointly with the pacifist-humanitarian bourgeois organizations. The children living in the home maintained by the International Workers’ Relief are to be given the possibility of developing into free, new human beings, and to this end books and mediums of instruction are to be collected, and, if possible, money and clothing. I am fully confident that the solidarity of the peoples will triumphantly overcome the dark night of cruel disunity!


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