Remembering Trotsky

Lawrence Bush’s daily Jewdayo email reminds us that

Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky (Lev Davidovich Bronstein) was fatally wounded by an assassin in Mexico on this date in 1940. After years of activism and imprisonment, Trotsky helped to lead the 1917 Bolshevik revolution and was the founder and commander of the Red Army, which was victorious in the civil war that followed the revolution. After the death of V.I. Lenin, Trotsky lost a lengthy power struggle with Joseph Stalin and ended up in exile, pursued by Stalin’s agents, one of whom finally buried an ice axe in his head. Trotsky founded the Fourth International in 1938 as an international communist alternative to Stalin’s Comintern. By then Trotsky was the world’s best-known leftwing critic of Stalinism and had his name invoked by the Soviet dictator throughout the Moscow Trials and other purges as the shadowy source of treachery and sabotage.

“I have followed too closely all the stages of the degeneration of the revolution . . . I have sought too stubbornly and meticulously the explanation for these phenomena in objective conditions for me to concentrate my thoughts and feelings on one specific person. . . I have never rated Stalin so highly as to be able to hate him.” —Leon Trotsky

Celebrate the Yarzheit with David Ives’ comic meditation on what it means to take 36 hours to die after being stabbed in the head with an icepick.

2 Responses to “Remembering Trotsky”

  1. As a Communist and sometime admirer of Trotsky, I thought I’d share a quote of his that is a constant inspiration.

    “As long as I breathe I hope. As long as I breathe I shall fight for the future, that radiant future, in which man, strong and beautiful, will become master of the drifting stream of his history and will direct it towards the boundless horizons of beauty, joy and happiness!”

    Ameyn, ken yehi ratzon!

    Alon · August 20th, 2010 at 9:44 pm
  2. I am surprised to see Trotsky being remembered on this list.

    Ludwik Kowalski, the author of

    “Diary of a Former Communist: Thoughts, Feelings, Reality.”

    The link to this FREE on-line book is

    The autobiography is based on a diary I kept between 1946 and 2004 (in the USSR, Poland, France and the USA). It is not limited to Jewish topics.

    Feel free to forward this message to all who might be interested. Perhaps someone will review this short on-line book somewhere.

    Thank you in advance.
    Ludwik Kowalski
    Professor Emeritus
    Montclair State University (USA)

    Ludwik Kowalski · August 21st, 2010 at 11:14 am

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