Antoinette Konikow

Urges Aid to European Workers

(8 June 1946)

From The Militant, Vol. X No. 23, 8 June 1946, p. 6.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’ Callaghan for the Encyclopaedia of Trotskyism On-Line (ETOL).

The following letter, written by Antoinette F. Konikow, an old and devoted member of the Trotskyist movement since its inception, appeals to friends and readers of The Militant to send food, clothing and funds to the American Committee for European Workers Relief, 116 University Place. New York 3, N.Y.

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Comrades and Friends:

After participating fifty-eight years in the revolutionary movement, and having reached my seventy-seventh year, I am physically not able to do active work in our organization.

This realization of my disability, however, does not depress me, for I know that we now have an enthusiastic fighting group which has the inspiration to continue the energetic struggle started by us older comrades; a young group with more knowledge, more assurance, historically nearer the goal than their predecessors.

To these young comrades and friends, I appeal now to concentrate their well-proved energy, their splendid abilities on the important burdensome job of relieving the physical sufferings of our co-workers in Europe and other countries.

I turn to you, my young comrades and friends, to take upon yourselves the obligations which old and ill comrades like myself are not in condition to fulfill. We have the picture of the comrades in other countries suffering from malnutrition, cold, exhaustion, mercilessly persecuted by political enemies. Still, they have not given up the struggle. They have lifted our banner high to carry on the work under most unbelievable hardships.

Our response to their heroic strength and self-sacrifice must be – HELP!

Food and clothing to our heroic brothers and sisters in other countries is our immediate and most responsible task!

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