V. I.   Lenin



Written: Written on December 28, 1919
Published: First published in 1945 in Lenin Miscellany XXXV. Sent to Copenhagen. Printed from the original.
Source: Lenin Collected Works, Progress Publishers, [1976], Moscow, Volume 35, page 432.
Translated: Andrew Rothstein
Transcription\Markup: R. Cymbala
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To Litvinov from Lenin

It is extremely important for us to have all the documents, resolutions, pamphlets, newspaper articles and speeches dealing with the ideological trends in Left-wing socialism and communism, especially anarcho-syndicalist distortions of communism or attacks on communism. Collect all this carefully in all languages, make clippings, send, or bring, them in three or four copies, especially the German “ Independents”, their congress and after their congress,[1] and the German Communists.


V. I. Lenin.


[1] Lenin refers to the Independent Social-Democratic Party of Germany, a Centrist party founded in April 1917. The party held an emergency congress in Leipzig from November 30 to December 6, 1919, at which under pressure from Left-wing members of the Party a programme of action recognising the idea of the dictatorship of the proletariat and the system of Soviets was adopted. The party’s proletarian wing also proposed “immediate and unconditional joining of the Third International”. In October 1920 at the Independent Social-Democratic Party’s congress in Halle a split occurred, and in December 1920 a large section of the party joined the Communist Party of Germany. The Right-wing elements formed a separate party, retaining the old title Independent Social– Democratic Party of Germany; this party existed until 1922.

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