V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written between December 5 and 12, 1914
Published: First published in 1929 in Lenin Miscellany XI. Sent from Berne to Geneva. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 312.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear V. K.,

I have received the C.O. You are doing an excellent job; best regards and thanks!

I also enclose a little note for No. 35. It will squeeze in, I hope?

Perhaps something else can be squeezed in as well?


P.S. I believe Syoma reads Vorwärts? Would he be so kind as to send us extracts (brief ones) of the most interesting items? For example, about the conflict between the Vorwärts editorial board and the Central Committee of the trade unions?[1] About my lecture at Zurich?[2] About the victory of the opportunists in Sweden, etc.? Only the most important news in a couple of words, so that we can keep track of the Vorwärts line.

Likewise with the German Social-Democratic papers in America.

Does he read them?


[1] The General Commission of the German trade unions accused Vorwärts of giving insufficient attention to practical problems and slack defence against attacks by other Socialist parties, and also of generalising German acts of cruelty while justifying those of the enemy (see Vorwärts Nos. 321, 323 and 325, November 24, 26 and 28, 1914—“Aus der Partei”).


[2] Lenin read his lecture, “The War and Social-Democracy”, in Zurich, apparently not earlier than October 27, 1914. In connection with it, Vorwärts No. 308 published an item, “Lenin über die ukrainische Frage” (Lenin on the Ukrainian Question) on November 10, 1914. Vorwärts No. 319, November 22, 1914, carried an item saying that Lenin had asked the Editorial Board to inform readers that lie had dealt not only with the struggle against tsarism (and, in this connection, with the Ukrainian question), but also with the collapse of the Second International and the stand taken by the German and Austrian Social-Democrats during the war.

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