Witness to the German Revolution

By Victor Serge

"Serge searingly inspires the epochal hopes and shattering setbacks of a iteration of leftists."—Bookforum

Following within the wake of the carnage reaped throughout Europe via global warfare, German employees undertook a fight that may turn out decisive in settling on the process the full 20th century. In 1923 the fledgling Comintern dispatched Victor Serge, along with his peerless journalistic abilities, to Berlin to expedite the German Revolution and write those relocating stories from the battlefront.

Victor Serge is healthier often called a novelist and for his Memoirs of a Revolutionary. initially a player within the anarchist circulate, Serge turned a dedicated bolshevik upon arrival in Russia in 1919 and lent his enormous skills to the reason for spreading the revolution throughout Europe. An eloquent critic of tyranny regardless of its shape, Serge was once a number one member of the Left competition in its fight opposed to Stalin, a reason which eventually ended in his exile from Russia.

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The presses which print the paper cash have ceased to paintings. Defying the entire bans on moves decreed through the army experts, the printers of newspapers and of the Reichsbank were on strike for 3 days. This circulation, according to the indefinite suspension of Die Rote Fahne, has been near to breaking out for numerous weeks, and has been many times sabotaged via the union leaders; it may well now not be not on time from now on, however it has taken on a basically fiscal personality. For the week November three to nine the printers earned 3 and a part trillion paper marks (a little greater than a greenback at black industry charges) or at face price 22. five gold marks. earlier than the warfare they earned 35 gold marks per week, and because the conflict costs have greater than doubled. Negotiations with the minister of work have educated them of the great will of the govt and of the employers. this can be an immense strike. We needs to pressure that it's happening regardless of the serious measures of martial legislations and reformist sabotage. It bears witness to a will to withstand on behalf of a piece of the operating type that is faraway from being innovative. the govt. may no longer be in a rush to place an finish to it. it's a very good chance guilty the staff for the intense results of the dearth of paper cash. for his or her half the printers are making the most of the placement; they've got bring to an end Herr Stresemann’s subsistence and feature suppressed the full bourgeois press at a time whilst public opinion was once following occasions anxiously. in simple terms papers are showing: Vorwärts, the place the kind was once set with permission of the unions, and the nationalist Deutsche Zeitung, (German News), typeset by way of scabs. The disarming of pink Thuringia The disarming of crimson Thuringia is being carried out—or quite has been completed—thanks to the disinterested help given to the army dictatorship by means of the social democrats. the employees’ govt of Thuringia now not exists given that November 10__12. Presided over by way of the social democrat Frölich—who is way from being of an analogous quality as a Zeigner, no matter what reservations we could have concerning the latter, it integrated 3 Communists, Tenner, Korsch175 and Neubauer. it really is now transparent that the event of our comrades in Thuringia used to be a tricky one. At no time did they achieve drawing the social democratic majority out of its passivity. the employees’ govt was once shaped in an effort to in attaining, including pink Saxony, a employees’ bloc in valuable Germany. for his or her half, the social democrats greatly was hoping to not need to do something approximately it. whilst Herr Stresemann undertook his offensive opposed to the employees’ govt in Dresden, they refused, regardless of the efforts of the Communists, to teach cohesion with crimson Saxony. Even larger, leading minister Frölich promised Herr Stresemann to liquidate the staff’ coalition with none intervention via the Reichswehr. still the Reichswehr entered Thuringia with out encountering the slightest resistance. Social democratic police chiefs have been visible complying with the disarmament of the staff’ hundreds and hundreds.

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