V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1960 in Voprosy Istorii KPSS No. 4. Sent from Sörenberg to Amsterdam. Printed from the original. Translated from the German.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 478.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Dear Comrade,

I received your letter and postcard. I am sending you the complete French translation of our Manifesto; I have already sent you the translation of our Party’s resolutions, made by Radek. You now have all the documents (as regards the “United States of Europe”, I think we shall adopt Gorter’s point of view).

I am very glad that we agree in essentials. What we need is not the solemn declarations of leaders (against which Pannekoek has written so well), but a consistent revolutionary declaration of principles to help the workers find the correct path. This is most essential. I was particularly pleased to hear that you are in touch with the Belgian friends (we could send P. Golay’s pamphlet for them, if you haven’t already seen it[1]) and wish to talk personally with some of the Leftists in another country. If the Belgian anonymous group “Étoile” and another, German, group published a declaration of principles together with your and our party—this would be a good and serious beginning. The Swedish Left with Höglund are on our side: I received a letter today about this. It would be a good thing if you wrote to England and persuaded some group there (if only a small one) to draft a joint declaration.

Sincere regards and wishing you success.

N. Lenin

P.S. The second preliminary conference was to be held on August 7, but it will probably be held later.


[1] This refers to Golay’s pamphlet Le Socialisme qui meurt et le Socialisme qui doit ren&ahat;itre, Lausanne, 1915.

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