From The New International, Vol.5 No.3, March 1939, p.95.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.
AS WE go to press, we learn the sad news of the death of Nadyezhda Konstantinova Krupskaya, widow of Lenin. At the age of 70 – she had just celebrated her birthday – one of the last remaining links with the greatest revolutionary organization history has known, was removed from life. With Lenin and Plekhanov, she was one of that brave handful who presided over the birth of the Russian social democracy and later of Bolshevism. After the October Revolution, she devoted her talents chiefly to the work of education. She joined somewhat belatedly in the Opposition’s struggle against the Thermidorians until they drove her brutally into capitulation. Her last years were tragic, for she had to endure then as a silent if reluctant captive of a machine which was dragging the work of her generation into a mire. But not even her toleration of that machine can obliterate the shining early record of a noble life.
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