V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1930 in a Russian translation. Sent to Prague. Printed from the original German text.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1974, Moscow, Volume 34, page 448.
Translated: Clemens Dutt
Transcription\Markup: D. Moros
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Paris, November 1, 1911

Dear Comrade,

You will be doing me a great service if you can help me with advice and action in the following matter. A number of organisations of our Party intend to call a conference (abroad—of course). The number of members of the conference will be about 20-25. Is there a possibility of organising this conference in Prague (to last about a week)?[2]

The most important thing for us is the possibility of organising it in extreme secrecy. No person, no organisation, should know about it. (It is a Social-Democratic conference, hence legal according to European laws, but the majority of the delegates do not have passports and cannot use their own names.)

I earnestly beg you, dear comrade, if it is at all possible, to help us and tell me as quickly as possible the address of a comrade in Prague who (in the event of an affirmative reply) could make all the practical arrangements. It would be best if this comrade understood Russian—if this is impossible we can also reach agreement with him in German.

I hope, dear comrade, that you will pardon me for troubling you with this request. I send you my thanks in anticipation.

With Party greetings. N. Lenin

My address is:
VI. Oulianoff
4, Rue Marie Rose, 4,
Paris, XIV.


[1] N\uemec, Antonin (1858–1926)—a Right Social-Democrat. From 1897 virtual leader of the Czech Social-Democrats, whom he represented in the Second International. In 1906–18 Social-Democratic deputy to the Vienna Imperial Council; in 1918–25 deputy to the National Assembly of the Czechoslovak Republic.

[2] This refers to arrangements for the Sixth All-Russia Conference of the R.S.D.L.P., which was held in Prague on January 5–17 (18–30), 1912.

The Czech Social-Democrats rendered great help in organising this Conference. They not only gave the premises for the Conference, but provided accommodation for the delegates in the homes of Czech workers and generally took care of the delegates. The building in which the Prague Conference was held (7, Gibern St.) is now a Lenin Museum.

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