V. I.   Lenin


Published: First published in 1924 in Lenin Miscellany II in German. Sent from Zurich to Vienna. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 291.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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September 5, 1914

Dear Comrade,

I have safely arrived with all my family at Zurich.[2] Legitimationen[1] were asked for only at Innsbruck and Feldkirche: your help was therefore extremely useful to me. Passports are required for entry into Switzerland, but I was allowed in without a passport when I mentioned Greulich. Very best regards and deepest gratitude.

With Party greetings,
Lenin (V. Ulyanov)

Absender: Uljanow bei Bekzadian. Bollegstrasse. 40. Zurich.


[1] Papers.—Ed.

[2] The outbreak of the First World War found Lenin in the village of Poronin (Galicia). On July 25 (August 7), the Austrian authorities carried out a search of Lenin’s quarters, and the gendarme sergeant-major confiscated the manuscript of Lenin’s article on the agrarian question, taking the tables in it to be a code. Lenin was arrested the next day. After a fortnight’s detention, he was released through the efforts of Russian and Polish Social– Democrats and with the help of Austrian socialists Viktor Adler and deputy of the Austrian Parliament Hermann Diamant. He was allowed to leave Austria for Switzerland. On August 23 (   September 5), 1914, Lenin arrived in Berne together with N. K. Krupskaya and her mother, Y. V. Krupskaya.

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