V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written later than September 27, 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, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 155.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear K.,

I have had your postcard, and hasten to reply. Wait a little: we shall let you know about what can and should be done regarding what you (and we) desire.[1] Don’t forget, by the way, that legality here is now of a special kind: have you spoken about this with the friends at Lausanne? Be sure to have a talk with them.

We remain at Berne. The address is Donnerbühlweg 11a. Uljanow.

As regards a lecture, I don’t know yet. I shall have to think it over, and consult in greater detail. How many people could be counted on where you are?[2]

All the best. Greetings from all.


P.S. It might, perhaps, be better to give a talk about the critique and my anti-critique. Two words nevertheless: one cannot on formal grounds defend the scoundrelly chauvinism of the Germans. There were bad resolutions, there were some that were not bad; there were declarations of both types. But there is a limit to everything! And it has been overstepped. We cannot be patient, we cannot be diplomatic we must revolt against shameful chauvinism with all our strength!!


[1] Lenin refers to the plans for publishing the central organ of the R.S.D.L.P., Sotsial-Demokrat (see Note 105), and illegal Bolshevik literature.

[2] Lenin was to lecture on “The European War and Socialism”. He did so in Geneva on October 15, 1914.

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