OPEN LETTER FROM THE ECCI AND THE RILU TO THE SECOND INTERNATIONAL AND THE IFTU PROPOSING A JOINT CONFERENCE ON GERMAN PROBLEMS
25 August 1923 Inprekorr, iii, 140, p. 1220, 31 August 1923
Events in Germany confront the international labour movement with an extremely important historical task. Twenty million German proletarians, the solid core of the international proletariat, are moving into the fight against the German capitalists and the imperialists of the Entente. The coming struggles will be the central events of the entire political history of the immediate future. Their outcome will decide the fate of the international labour movement for many years. The course of all political developments, and especially the course of the labour movement throughout the world, will turn on the outcome of the approaching German crisis.
What happens in Germany is quite clearly of tremendous importance for other countries. In no country can the workers be indifferent to German events. Every honest proletarian whose heart beats for his class must hasten to the help of the German proletariat fighting under the red flag. The cause of the German workers is the cause of workers everywhere.
We suggest that we examine jointly with you the practical measures which can and must be taken by all international organizations of the proletariat in support of the revolutionary German proletariat. Such support can be given in many ways:
Fascism is raising its head in Germany. The international organiza-tions of the proletariat must help the German revolutionary workers to repulse fascism.
German capitalists are throwing tens of thousands of revolutionary workers on to the streets. These workers have nothing to eat. It is the duty of international labour organizations to rush help to these proletarian victims of the class struggle.
The French and Polish bourgeoisie may perhaps try to give open help to the German capitalists in their attempt to defeat by arms the German workers' movement. The international labour organizations must be ready to nullify all such attempts. The struggle for peace is the chief duty of all to whom the welfare and the life of the worker is dear.
The international proletarian organizations must be on guard. At your Hague congress you issued the watchword, fight against war and for the safeguarding of peace. Now the danger is indisputably here.
Bearing all this in mind, we propose that you convene with us a joint international conference, to be devoted to the following questions:
organization of comprehensive support for the German workers by the international proletariat;
prompt fighting measures for peace.
We suggest that the conference be called for not later than 10 September.
The crisis is ripening so quickly that every day counts. We suggest that the conference be held in Moscow, but we are ready to have the discussions in any other city.