Vladimir Lenin

Telegram To All

Soviets Of Deputies, To Everyone

Delivered: 10 November, 1918
First Published: 12, November 1918, Pravda No. 244. Published according the the manuscript
Source: Lenin’s Collected Works, Progress Publishers, Moscow, Volume 28, 1974, page 179
Translated (and edited): Jim Riordan
Transcription/HTML Markup: robert Cymbala & David Walters
Online Version: V.I.Lenin Internet Archive, 2002


News came from Germany in the night about the victory of the revolution there. First Kiel radio announced that power was in the hands of a Council of Workers and Sailors. Then Berlin made the following announcement:

"Greetings of peace and freedom to all. Berlin and the surrounding districts are in the hands of a Council of Workers’ and Soldiers’ Deputies. Adolf Hoffmann, Deputy to the Seym. Joffe and the Embassy staff are returning at once."

Please take every step to notify German soldiers at all border points. Berlin also reports that German soldiers at the front have arrested the peace delegation from the for-mer German Government and have begun peace negotiations themselves with the French soldiers.

Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars