Against Fascism and War

Against Fascism and War

Against Fascism and War

Against Fascism and War

Synopsis

Report to the 7th Congress of the Communist International, 1935. Includes a 1936 speech on the People's front and a short speech to Young Communist International. Foreword by James West, then a U.S. youth delegate to the 7th Congress. Index.

Excerpt

I first heard of George Dimitrov (1882-1949), the Bulgarian Communist leader, in 1933. The news that Dimitrov had been arrested by the Nazis and charged with setting fire to the Reichstag, the building of the German parliament, was blazoned across the pages of the press. Along with millions of others, I thought he was doomed to die or to languish long years in a Nazi prison. Certainly it never occurred to me that I would meet Dimitrov just two years later.

At his trial in Leipzig, Dimitrov became the accuser, exposing the Hitlerties themselves as the perpetrators of the crime in an anti-Communist pretext to seize power. Dimitrov's fearless, heroic stand in defying the Nazi beast in its own lair won him worldwide admiration and support. The Nazis were forced to release him.

Given safe haven in the Soviet Union, he was elected General Secretary of the Communist International (the Third International). I first met him in 1935 when I was the representative of the Young Communist League of the United States to the Young Communist International. We saw him at work preparing for the 7th Congress of the Communist International where he made the main report, fully elaborating the Communist strat-

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