From New International, Vol.2 No.6, October 1935, p.208.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
In The October Revolution, by Joseph Stalin, recently issued by International Publishers in New York, we find the following two quotations:
“All practical work in connection with the organization of the uprising was done under the immediate direction of comrade Trotsky, the president of the Petrograd Soviet. It can be stated with certainty that the party is indebted primarily and principally to comrade Trotsky for the rapid going over of the garrison to the side of the Soviet and the efficient manner in which the work of the Military-Revolutionary Committee was organized ...” (Pravda. No.241, November 6, 1918.)
“... Comrade Trotsky, did not get on the practical center, which was called upon to lead the uprising. How can this be reconciled with the current notion about comrade Trotsky’s special role? ... Yet there is nothing strange about it, for comrade Trotsky, who was a relative newcomer in our party in the period of October, did not, and could not have played any special role either in the party or in the October uprising ... All talk about a special role of comrade Trotsky is a legend, spread by obliging ‘party’ gossip-mongers ...” (Pravda, No.269, November 26, 1924.)
The italics are ours throughout.
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