G. Zinoviev

The White Terror

To the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Germany

(21 September 1922)

Source: International Press Correspondence, Vol. 2 No. 83, 29 September 1922, p. 628.
On-line Publication: Zinoviev Internet Archive, September 2020.
Transcription/Mark-up: Einde O’Callaghan for the Marxists’ Internet Archive.


The Foreign Delegation of the Social Revolutionary Party has addressed an enquiry to the Executive Committee of the Comintern concerning the alleged suicide of citizen Timofeyev, convicted at the S.R. Trial. You know that this story of the suicide or attempted suicide of Timofeyev is one of the usual lies invented by the people who have been living on nothing but lies for the last few years.

At the same time we have received absolutely confirmed information regarding the terrible state of our Comrade Max Holtz in a German prison.

In order to save from a slow death this true champion of the Proletarian Revolution, Max Holtz, who is being tortured in a bourgeois-menshevik German prison, the Presidium of the Comintern empowers you,–

Publicly to Propose to the German Social Democracy to exchange Max Holtz for Citizen Timofeyev.

The “United” Social Democracy of the Second and 2½ Internationals have of course sufficient influence with the German Coalition Government to secure this. On our part we are certain that the Soviet Government will agree to the exchange.

Moscow, September 21, 1922


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