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`Destroy the communist movement'

Trotsky  declared in 1934 that Stalin and the Communist Parties were responsible for Hitler's  rise to power; to overthrow Hitler,  the Communist Parties had to be destroyed `mercilessly'!

`Hitler's  victory ... (arose) ... by the despicable and criminal policy of the Cominterm. ``No Stalin --- no victory for Hitler.'' ' 

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Leon Trotsky,  Are There No Limits to the Fall? A Summary of the Thirteenth Plenum of the Executive Committee of the Communist International (18 January 1934). Writings of Leon Trotsky  (New York: Pathfinder Press, 1973), vol. 6, p. 210.

`(T)he Stalinist Cominterm, as well as the Stalinist diplomacy, assisted Hitler  into the saddle from either side.'

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Ibid. , p. 215.

`(T)he Cominterm bureaucracy, together with social-democracy, is doing everything it possibly can to transform Europe, in fact the entire world, into a fascist concentration camp.'

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Leon Trotsky,  Que signifie la capitulation de Rakovsky?  (31 March 1934). La lutte, pp. 59--60.

`(T)he Cominterm provided one of the most important conditions for the victory of fascism. ... to overthrow Hitler  it is necessary to finish with the Cominterm.'

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Trotsky,  Are There No Limits to the Fall?, p. 212.

`Workers, learn to despise this bureaucratic rabble!'

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Ibid. , p. 216.

`(The workers must) drive the theory and practice of bureaucratic adventurism out of the ranks of the workers' movement!'

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Ibid. , p. 217.

So, early in 1934, Hitler  in power less than a year, Trotsky  claimed that to overthrow fascism, the international Communist movement had to be destroyed! Perfect example of the `anti-fascist unity' of which Trotskyists  speak so demagogically. Recall that during the same period, Trotsky  claimed that the German Communist Party had refused `the policies of the united front with the Social Democracy'

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Ibid. , p. 211.

and that, consequently, it was responsible, by its `outrageous sectarism', for Hitler's  coming to power. In fact, it was the German Social-Democratic Party that, because of its policy of unconditional defence of the German capitalist régime, refused any anti-fascist and anti-capitalist unity. And Trotsky  proposed to `mercilessly extirpate' the only force that had truly fought against Nazism!

Still in 1934, to incite the more backward masses against the Bolshevik Party, Trotsky  put forward his famous thesis that the Soviet Union resembled, in numerous ways, a fascist state.

`(I)n the last period the Soviet bureaucracy has familiarized itself with many traits of victorious fascism, first of all by getting rid of the control of the party and establishing the cult of the leader.'

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Trotsky,  On the Eve of the Seventeenth Congress (20 January 1934). Writings, vol. 6, pp. 223-224.



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