V. I.   Lenin


Written: Written on August 19, 1915
Published: First published in 1930 in Lenin Miscellany XIV. Sent from Sörenberg to Berne. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, 1971, Moscow, Volume 36, page 342.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Kasparov,

There is to be a conference of the Left in Berne on Sept. 5.[1]

It would be extremely important to have our pamphlet in German appear before that date.[2]

Can you help in this?

first, by calling on Radek, helping him to read the manuscript and inciting him to sit down and do the translation (unfortunately, we shall not manage to have the Russian proofs before then);

second, by seeing to the contract with the German printing house (Radek knows what this is about);

third, by calling on Kinkel, showing him this letter and asking him to help with the translation (to take on part of it).

I know that Kinkel almost hates me for my translation requests. But this is an emergency, the matter is important, we need urgent help, and maybe he won’t be too angry.

Drop me a reply by postcard as quickly as you can.

All kinds of regards,


[1] A reference to the International Socialist Conference held at Zimmerwald from September 5 to 8, 1915.

[2] The pamphlet, Socialism and War (The Attitude of the R.S.D.L.P. towards the War), was published in German in 1915, on the eve of the Zimmerwald Conference.

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