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The New International, May 1938


[Breaking with Stalinism]


From New International, Vol.4 No.5, May 1938, p.136.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


AS WE GO to press, additional information comes from various parts of the world about significant reactions in the ranks of the official communist movement to the framing-up and execution of the entire old guard of the Russian Revolution.

We received in time for publication in this issue the statements of Charles Rappoport, of France, and of the protesting Communist Party militants in Palestine. They will be found in full on other pages. The following information came to New York too late for detailed publication or comment in the current issue:

Jean Boujor, one of the founders of the Communist Party of Rumania and among its most prominent figures, has come forward with a public protest against the accusations of Stalin-Vishinsky especially with reference to Christian Rakovsky, executed at the end of the last trial. Boujor himself is well acquainted with the kind of justice dispensed in Moscow by the bureaucracy, for he has served fifteen years in Rumanian prisons.

In Belgium, the Communist Party has finally confirmed the fact that its national secretary, De Boeck, has been expelled for “Trotskyism”. De Boeck was at the front in the Spanish civil war when the decision against him was adopted, and he was compelled to flee from the familiar hand of the GPU and take refuge in his own land, Belgium.

In Holland, Jef Last, the noted poet, has made an open break with Stalinism and its party. Last was a fighter in the Madrid militia, and in his declaration he denounced the Moscow Trials and the fact that for months the Soviet Union had sent no arms or munitions whatsoever to Loyalist Spain.

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