Leon Trotsky

On the Saar Question

(Late 1933)

Written: Late 1933.
Source: The Militant, Vol. VI No. 50, 4 November 1933, p. 1.
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The stand of the official party as well as the C.P.-O. (Brandlerites) in the Saar Question appears to me as the cowardice of pseudo-radicalism, as by no means rare species of cowardice. Naturally we must come out for a Soviet Saar, that is, make propaganda in the sense of the conquest of power. The date of this conquest has not, however, been fixed anywhere, while the date of the Referendum has been quite precisely in the Versailles treaty. That means that the party which fights for a Soviet Saar owes the workers an answer to the question: how they should vote in the year 1935.

To rally to Hitlerite Germany in practice, i.e., through the Referendum, means, theoretically speaking, to put national mysticism above the class interest and psychologically – to conduct a really cur-like policy.

Naturally, only traitors can demand annexation at present for that means to sacrifice the most concrete and vital question of the German workers in the Saar territory to the abstract national factor.

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