Moscow: Krasnaia nov’, 1923. Item #990
48 pp. 12,9x17,1 cm. In original publisher’s wrappers. Number on the title page. Otherwise near fine.
ONE OF THE MOST PROMINENT WOMAN COMMUNIST LEADERS GIVES AN EARLY WARNING OF FASCISM.
First edition. This interesting edition features a report presented by Clara Zetkin (1857-1933) at the Third Enlarged Plenum of the Executive Committee of the Communist International on June 20, 1923, in Moscow. The meeting became the scene of the first-ever detailed discussion of the fascist danger in the history of the Marxist movement. Sixty-six years old Zetkin, the organizer of the First International Women’s Day, dedicated her speech to the rising problem of fascism in Italy and Germany. Because of illness Zetkin was carried into the hall, where she spoke while seated. In the address, Clara proposed to launch a political campaign against the fascist threat and to ensure the unity of the proletarian defense (the United Front). Although the Comintern initially adopted Zetkin’s resolution, a year later, Grigory Zinoviev, the Chairman of the Committee, abandoned her analysis of the nature of fascism and overturned Zetkin’s policy. Clara spent the last decade of her life as an honored but effectively silenced dissident.
No copies found in Worldcat.