V. I.   Lenin



Published: First published in 1960 in Voprosy Istorii KPSS No. 4. Sent to Amsterdam. Printed from the original. Translated from the French.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1977], Moscow, Volume 43, page 451b.
Translated: Martin Parker and Bernard Isaacs
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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Berne, March 12, 1915

Dear Comrade,

The enclosed letter is from Comrade Inessa whom we have authorised to work on bringing the socialist women of the Left closer together.[1] I earnestly request you to find a Dutch woman comrade who shares your point of view and could be delegated to the conference of socialist women from your party (if not in person, at least in writing).

My congratulations on Gorter’s pamphlet, which takes such a hard knock at the opportunists and Kautsky.[2]

I shall be greatly obliged if you will answer me as quickly as possible.

With fraternal greetings,
N. Lenin (Vl. Ulyanov)

Wl. Uljanow. Distelweg. 11. Berne (Suisse).


[1] The letter was written by Inessa Armand on behalf of the foreign-based section of the journal Rabotnitsa giving notice of the convocation of a conference of Left socialist women and inviting the Dutch Social-Democratic Party to send its delegate.

The International Conference of Socialist Women was held in Berne from March 26 to 28, 1915. It was convened on the initiative of the foreign-based organisation of the journal Rabotnitsa and with the close co-operation of Clara Zetkin, then Chairman of the International Bureau of Socialist Women. All the preparations for the Conference were made by Inessa Armand, Nadezhda Krupskaya and others under Lenin’s guidance.

Materials relating to the Conference were published in the Supplement to Sotsial-Demokrat No. 42 for June 1, 1915.

[2] This refers to the pamphlet by H. Gorter, Het Imperialisme, de Wereldoorlog en de Social-Democratie (Imperialism, the World War and Social-Democracy), Amsterdam.

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