ECCI

 

LETTER TO THE ELEVENTH CONGRESS OF THE GERMAN COMMUNIST PARTY

February 1927

 

EXTRACTS

 

Inprekorr, yii, 25, p. 511, 4 March 1927


The eleventh congress of our German section coincides with an exceptional historical situation. Notwithstanding all the prattle of the social-democratic theoreticians and leaders about new and 'peaceful' forms of capitalism, the international situation has again become extremely acute. The United States, which is not a member of the League of Nations, is in fact waging an imperialist war against Nicaragua. (. . .)

Countries which do belong to the League, in the first place England, whose ships are bombarding revolutionary Chinese cities with their longrange guns, are concentrating strong forces in China for a spring offensive against the fighting Chinese people.

(. . .)

The Soviet Union, to which fighting China looks as an example of the liberation of the peoples from the yoke of native and alien imperialists, is again being attacked by His Majesty's Government. Chamberlain s aggressive note has created a tense situation throughout Europe. The Second International, which in this case too protests hypocritically against war, is in reality conducting an energetic campaign to prepare for intervention against the Soviet Union.

(. . .)

The 'left' social-democratic leaders in Germany and a few trade union leaders are now trying to manoeuvre. The Communist Party of Germany must understand the situation correctly. It must keep in its own hands the initiative in creating working-class unity. This is particularly important in the trade unions, whose activities will inevitably assume a political character. The KPD must everywhere expose the coalition policy of the social-democratic bosses, who have sold the German revolution to the bourgeois bloc. The KPD must really defend peace, and relentlessly expose and condemn the interventionist policy of the socialdemocratic leaders.

(...)

The KPD can accomplish the immense tasks imposed on it only if it at last closes its ranks and adopts a correct Leninist platform, the platform of untiring and systematic struggle for the masses.

Now even the blind can grasp the part objectively played and still being played by the group of renegades from Katz to Maslow. Their attacks on the Soviet Union and the CPSU were merely part of that attempt to influence 'public opinion' which has now found its expression in Chamberlain's note.

(. . .)

In the fight against right and ultra-left opportunist deviations the glorious German detachments of the international communist army will steel their ranks and become greater.




 

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