APPEAL

OF THE ECCI FOR HELP FOR THE FAMINE-STRICKEN AREAS OF RUSSIA

4 December 1921

Inprekorr, i, 39, p. 348, 22 December 1921


 


PROLETARIANS OF ALL COUNTRIES!

TO THE AID OF THE RUSSIAN

PROLETARIAT

 

 

Workers!

 

Over the whole world capitalism is moving towards the attack.

 

The more the capitalist world decays, the higher the wave of unemployment and crisis rises, rolling like an avalanche from country to country, the more impudently capital attacks your organizations, the louder it boasts of its strength and its power. But its foremost heralds and trumpeters, ministers and presidents, bankers and kings, are preparing new wars for humanity and are working out new armament programmes,

pushing all the countries of the world into a war which will be more destructive, inhuman, and horrible than its predecessor. It will leave nothing standing and will kill and cripple millions of human beings—workers and peasants, the productive

population of city and country.

 

Comrades!

All of you, without distinction of party, must realize this. You must all understand that the only guarantee for your victory is your own strength, your own proletarian power. Who at the present time holds in check the insane plans of the capitalists? Who fills them with terror and fear?

Tour Soviet Russia! For every capitalist government fears the armed Russian workers. For every capitalist government understands that Soviet Russia is to-day the chief instrument, the main weapon in the hands of the world proletariat.

Imagine that Soviet Russia has fallen. Then the wave of bloody reaction would overwhelm the entire world. Capitalism would then stride in a triumphal march over the skulls of the working-class. It would consolidate its position for long, long, years.

 

THEREFORE HELP SOVIET RUSSIA!

 

Help its workers who have borne the brunt of the first combined blows of the capitalist governments.

 

IN YOUR OWN INTERESTS HASTEN TO THE ASSISTANCE OF THE FIRST SOVIET STATE

 

The Russian workers have only now won the possibility of building up their economy. Only now is production beginning to rise, are the chimneys of its factories beginning to smoke.

But the drought is clipping the wings of the Russian proletariat. In the rich Volga region the grain has completely withered. Millions of human beings are dying in horrible agony. Sickness and starvation are mowing down old and young, and little

children are dying with a cry for help on their lips. The situation is serious. The misfortune is great.

 

PROLETARIANS, HURRY TO THE AID OF SOVIET RUSSIA!

 

A number of workers' organizations have already given their mite for the Russian workers and peasants. The communists have collected 100,000,000 marks. Other workers' organizations have also given much help. This enables us to feed about 50,000 persons.

 

BUT THAT IS NOT ENOUGH!

HASTEN, FRIENDS OF THE WORKING CLASS

 

Especially you, workers of North and South America, Australia, and South Africa. You have not yet gone through the bloody battle with capital. You have not yet been drawn into the final conflict. But the capitalist monster is already grasping you by the throat. It is already throwing millions of workers on to the streets. It is ready to deal you too the final blow.

 

HURRY TO THE ASSISTANCE OF YOUR CHIEF FORTRESS, SOVIET RUSSIA!

 

Help it to grow strong and to consolidate. You will be repaid a hundredfold.

Together, in serried battle ranks, enter the struggle against the famine in Russia.

 

Long live the solidarity of the workers who will not let down their brothers in distress and misery !

 

 

 

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