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Workers’ International News, June 1938


Noah London


From Workers’ International News, Vol.1 No.7, July 1938, p.8.
Transcribed by Ted Crawford.
Marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


A report has reached the United States that Noah London has been executed in Moscow, and there is good reason to believe that the report is true.

Who was Noah London?

He was a founder of the Communist Party of the United States and a leader of its Jewish Federation for years. A true proletarian, raised in the misery and poverty of New York’s East Side, he devoted his whole life to the revolutionary movement. Speaker, organizer and writer, he was known to thousands of Jewish workers in New York and elsewhere.

Among the leading spirits in the foundation of the first Jewish communist daily newspaper – the Freiheit – he was a member of its editorial staff all during the early years of its existence. In addition he was a member of the Educational Committee of the party and one of the directors of the CP Workers School since its foundation.

Several years ago, he voluntarily gave up a well-paying position as engineer with one of New York’s big corporations and went to the Soviet Union with his wife, to place his technical talent at the disposal of Soviet economy. He left for Russia with a recommendation from the American Communist party to the Soviet authorities.

Why was this old communist militant executed? To those who knew him and worked with him in the past – even to those who could not agree with his political acceptance of Stalinism – it is inconceivable that he should have committed any crime against the revolution or the Soviet Union to merit capital punishment.

And the fact that the official communist press has been absolutely silent about his case only strengthens the suspicion that Noah London was murdered by the Stalinist assassins.

We know that hundreds of foreign-born communists – leaders and rank and filers – well known in the German, Hungarian, Polish, Greek and other movements have been murdered on Soviet soil by the GPU. But this is the first case we know of which involves an American communist.

What has Moissaye Olgin, London’s old friend, political colleague and collaborator on the Freiheit, to say about the case? What have his other old associates to say about it? Why is there no statement at all from the party of which he was a member?

The labour public is entitled to a plain-spoken explanation!

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