Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy Upcoming Birthday, Lev Davidovich!

Trotsky by Diego Rivera - GS

На воссозданной фреске Ленин по прежнему на своем месте. К нему Ривера добавил Льва Троцкого (на тот момент уже изгнанного из Советского Союза), держащего в руках флаг 4-го Интернационала и стоящего плечом к плечу с Марксом и Энгельсом. 

Mike Nova comments: 

I came across this pic and the article incidentally, although I did read and knew about this story before.  

I am not a Trotskyite,  a leftist, "a pinky" or a "commie" (not at all!); I think I am too independent minded for all of this. However I am interested in Trotsky as a historical figure and as a person: a truly tragic hero of Russian history (and many people were and are interested in him as such, among them Tony Blair). November 7 is his birthday (the same day as the "official date" of Russian "October Revolution" of 1917). He was and still is hated by many (even his ashes were recently stolen and consumed in cookies by his enemies) and he was truly loved by a few. His main antipode, detractor and mortal enemy was J. Stalin, who did eventually arrange his assassination with the hands of Abwehr: it was in the interests of both. They called Trotsky "The Lover of Russian Revolution", he was a true romantic, very good writer (one of his revolutionary nicknames was "The Quill" - "Перо") and thinker and at the same time a very practical man, and very ruthless, even cruel, when he felt it was a need for this. But never without a reason, just for a cruelty sake; in difference with sadistic and deeply, although artfully camouflaged, coward Stalin, whom Trotsky tried to understand and to unmask. Their antagonism and life and death ideological and personal struggle still is not explored sufficiently and in-depth, but it is very important for our understanding of modern Russian history, and probably is one of the key aspects of it. 
Whatever our attitude, interpretation and understanding of this historical figure and his times are, it is difficult for me, just like for many others, to avoid a deep interest in and a fascination with him. 

Happy Upcoming Birthday, Lev Davidovich! 

Leon Trotsky - GS 

Leon Trotsky with Frida Kahlo
Trotsky (with glasses) pictured next to Frida Kahlo on arriving in Mexico in 1937. Photograph: © Bettmann/Corbis

leon trotsky assassination Abwehr - GS 

Nazi connections in Mexico enabled Trotsky's assassination
An excerpt from the book "Los Nazis en Mexico", by Juan Alberto Cedillo
By Michael Parker-Stainback
Original Print Publication: February, 2008

Juan Alberto Cedillo stumbled upon a surprising piece of information in 1986, while conducting research in the National Archives in Washington, D.C.: Nazi secret police had collaborated with Stalin’s men to assassinate Leon Trotsky in Coyoacán, Mexico City. He began to wonder: just how active were the Nazis in Mexico in the period leading up to and during World War II? The answer, it turns out, is “very.” Last year Cedillo published a fascinating book on the subject (Los Nazis en México, Debate, 2007). Though the book has not been published in English, Inside México has translated and condensed the epilogue, which relates the bizarre plot to bump off Trotsky. If you read Spanish, we recommend the entire book.

On August 20 1940, Leon Trotsky was assassinated in Mexico City. His murder was planned by a special Soviet intelligence unit created to eliminate Stalin’s enemies abroad.

The Mexican secret service, aware of what was transpiring, didn’t merely complicate the operation; it caused the Russian agents to modify their plans. The Soviet operation had to call on new allies to help carry out its mission. Russian agents approached both the Gestapo [Nazi secret police] and the Abwehr [the German intelligence agency between 1921-1944], whose operatives circulated freely in Mexico City, cloaked by associations forged in corridors of power and money. Nazi agents were key to the Russian revolutionary’s murder.

One year before Trotsky’s death, on August 23, 1939, German Foreign Minister Joachim von Ribbentrop and his Soviet counterpart, Vyacheslav Molotov, signed the German-Soviet Non-Aggression Pact. The pact brought both countries’ overseas agents closer together and allowed for the exchange of classified dispatches. By April 1940, the American embassy in Mexico had confirmed the existence of this undesirable alliance to Washington.

Inside Mexico-Nazi connections in Mexico enabled Trotsky's assassination

Stalin got Nazis help to assassinate Leon Trotsky. In fact Communists and Nazis were allies, both in America and Mexico. In the end, Communists and Nazis are not different from each other.

Nazis Germany was the biggest consumer of Mexican oil, since Allies stopped supplying oil to the Third Reich. 

Leon Trotsky - From Wikipedia

Leon Trotsky
Trotsky Portrait.jpg
Trotsky in 1921
People's Commissar of Foreign Affairs of the RSFSR
In office
8 November 1917 – 13 March 1918
PremierVladimir Lenin
Preceded byMikhail Tereshchenko
Succeeded byGeorgy Chicherin
People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs of the Soviet Union
In office
29 August 1919 – 15 January 1925
PremierVladimir Lenin
Alexey Rykov
Preceded byLev Kamenev
Succeeded byMikhail Frunze
President of the Petrograd Soviet
In office
8 October 1917 – 8 November 1917
Personal details
BornLev (Leiba) Davidovich Bronshtein
7 November 1879
near YelizavetgradKherson GovernorateRussian Empire
Died21 August 1940 (aged 60) (assassinated)
CoyoacánDF, Mexico
Political partyRSDLPSDPSCommunist Party of the Soviet UnionLeft OppositionIV International
Spouse(s)Aleksandra Sokolovskaya
Natalia Sedova
ReligionNone (atheist)
Leon Trotsky[a] (RussianЛев Дави́дович Тро́цкийpronounced [ˈlʲef ˈtrot͡skʲɪj] ( listen); born Lev Davidovich Bronshtein;[b] 7 November [O.S. 26 October] 1879 – 21 August 1940) was a Russian Marxist revolutionary and theorist, Soviet politician, and the founder and first leader of the Red Army.
Trotsky was initially a supporter of the Menshevik Internationalists faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labour Party. He joined the Bolsheviksimmediately prior to the 1917 October Revolution, and eventually became a leader within the Party. During the early days of the Soviet Union, he served first as People's Commissar for Foreign Affairs and later as the founder and commander of the Red Army as People's Commissar of Military and Naval Affairs. He was a major figure in the Bolshevik victory in the Russian Civil War (1918–20). He was also among the first members of thePolitburo.
After leading a failed struggle of the Left Opposition against the policies and rise of Joseph Stalin in the 1920s and the increasing role of bureaucracy in the Soviet Union, Trotsky was successively removed from power in 1927, expelled from the Communist Party, and finally deported from the Soviet Union in 1929. As the head of the Fourth International, Trotsky continued in exile in Mexico to oppose the Stalinist bureaucracy in the Soviet Union. An early advocate of Red Army intervention against European fascism,[1] in the late 1930s, Trotsky opposed Stalin's non-aggression pact with Adolf Hitler. He was assassinated on Stalin's orders in Mexico, by Ramón Mercader, a Spanish-born Soviet agent in August 1940.[2] (Most of his family members were also killed in separate attacks.)
Trotsky's ideas were the basis of Trotskyism, a major school of Marxist thought that is opposed to the theories of Stalinism. He was one of the few Soviet political figures who were not rehabilitated by the government under Nikita Khrushchev in the 1950s. In the late 1980s, his books were released for publication in the Soviet Union.

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