Trotsky on Hearst

(March 1938)

Written: 3 March 1938.
Source: Socialist Appeal, Vol. II No. 12, 19 March 1938, p. 4.
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The APPEAL has received the following communication from Leon Trotsky:

During the Moscow trial the London Daily Express asked me to give them an exclusive article upon the trial. Cabling the article, I did not have the faintest idea that it would return from London and appear in the Hearst papers.

Let the various bigots who support Stalin-Vyshinsky make what they can of this occurrence. I am not greatly moved. It is by no means a question, of literary “collaboration” with Hearst. My task and that of my collaborators during these days was to launch into world circulation through all accessible channels the greatest possible number of facts and arguments against the executioners and thus attempt to stay their hand. If I should have to post placards, warning the people of a cholera epidemic, I should equally utilize the walls of schools, churches, saloons, gambling houses, and even worse establishments.

Mar. 3, 1938

Leon Trotsky

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