Third Congress of the Communist International

The March Events and the United Communist Party of Germany

Source: Theses Resolutions and Manifestos of the First Four Congress of the Third International, translated by Alix Holt and Barbara Holland. Ink Links 1980;
Transcribed: by Andy Blunden.

9 July 1921

The Third World Congress notes with satisfaction that all its important resolutions, including the hotly-debated section of the resolution on tactics which dealt with the March Action, were passed unanimously, and that even the proposal put forward by the representatives of the German opposition expressed what was essentially the position of the Congress. Congress sees this as proof that co-ordinated and joint work on the basis of the decisions of the III Congress should and can be undertaken within the United Communist Party of Germany. Congress views any further atomisation of forces within the VKPD, any formation of sects – not to mention splits – as a great threat to the whole movement.

Congress expects the CC and the majority of the United Communist Party of Germany to take a tolerant attitude to the opposition, provided it carries out the decisions of the III Congress in a loyal fashion, and is confident that the EC will do everything possible to unify the Party’s forces. Congress demands that the former opposition immediately dissolve all fractional organisations without exception, fully and absolutely subordinate itself to the parliamentary fraction of the CC of the Party, put its press under the control of the relevant Party bodies and immediately cease any political co-operation with persons expelled from the Party and the Communist International (co-operation in their publications, etc.).

Congress charges the Executive Committee to follow carefully the further development of the German movement, and immediately to take the most energetic measures to deal with the slightest violation of discipline.