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By Paul Levi

David Fernbach (ed. & Intro)

Paul Levi continues to be some of the most attention-grabbing and arguable figures within the early background of the Communist move. As chief of the KPD after the homicide of Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, he effectively equipped up a celebration of a 3rd of 1000000 contributors, yet through 1921 Comintern strain for ‘Bolshevisation’ compelled Levi’s resignation and expulsion. till his early loss of life in 1930 he remained ‘a progressive socialist of the Rosa Luxemburg school’ (Carl von Ossietsky), and used to be defined by way of Albert Einstein as ‘one of the wisest, so much simply and brave individuals i've got come across’. the 1st English version of Levi’s writings fills a long-standing hole within the files of German Communism.

Reviews:

Mit [Fernbach's] Auswahl der Texte legt der Band [...] einen anderen Schwerpunkt als die auf Deutsch zugängliche Sammlung, .... Zugleich werden so einige Artikel Levis zugänglich, die auf Deutsch – soweit ersichtlich – nur im unique, nicht aber in einem Nachdruck vorliegen. Gerade dieseTexte sind sehr spannend, zeigen sie doch Levi als politischen Denker, der für innerparteiliche Demokratie Stellung bezieht, und sich als scharfsinniger Analytiker der politischen Lage in der Weimarer Republik erweist.
Thilo Scholle, Magazin 188: 65

Seit 1969 hat es in Deutschland keine variation der Schriften Paul Levis mehr gegeben, weder in der DDR, wo er bis 1983 als Verräter galt, noch im Westen, wo er in Vergessenheit geraten struggle. Insofern füllt die unlängst erschienene englischsprachige Levi-Ausgabe eine Lücke. [...] Gegenüber der Ausgabe von 1969 hat Fernbach intestine ein Viertel der Texte vollständig neu ediert, darunter zwei Artikel zu den Räte-Experimenten in Budapest und München sowie einen Schlüsseltext Levis, das vierzig Seiten umfassende Protokoll seiner Verteidigungsrede vor dem Zentralausschuss der deutschen Kommunisten im Mai 1921. Einleitung und Bibliographie spiegeln weitgehend den aktuellen Stand der historischen Kommunismusforschung wider.
Rolf Wörsdörfer, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 23 may perhaps 2012.

With this skillfully edited choice of Levi's speeches and writings, Fernbach, lengthy verified as a number one scholar of Marxism, makes a big contribution to realizing the Left in Europe within the years after WW I.
Highly suggested. Upper-division undergraduates and above.
Choice, March 2012

Levi’s writings in English [...] let English-reading socialists to procure a fuller knowing of the German progressive interval after the 1st international warfare, a interval wealthy in classes for anti-capitalists this present day. [...] Brill and David Fernbach have performed a provider to the left in making them on hand to the English reader.
Stuart King, in everlasting Revolution, vol. 22 (Winter 2012), pp. 29-34.

Contents:

Introduction

Part One: major the KPD
Address to the Founding Congress of the KPD
Letter to Lenin (1919)
The Munich event: An Opposing View
The Political scenario and the KPD (October 1919)
The classes of the Hungarian Revolution
The World-Situation and the German Revolution
The starting of the obstacle within the Communist social gathering and the International
Letter to Loriot

Part : The March Action
Our course: opposed to Putschism
What Is the Crime? The March motion or Criticising It?
Letter to Lenin (1921)
The calls for of the Kommunistische Arbeitsgemeinschaft

Part 3: The Soviet Question
Letter to Clara Zetkin
Introduction to Rosa Luxemburg’s pamphlet The Russian Revolution
Introduction to Trotsky, the teachings of October
The Retreat from Leninism
After Ten Years
Approaching the End
Return

Part 4: The German Republic
The homicide of Erzberger
The wishes of the Hour
Why we're becoming a member of the United Social-Democratic Party
The Assassination of Rathenau
The scenario after Rathenau’s Death
The Reich and the Workers
The Defenders of the Republic
After the Oath

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There was no longer a turning back. The most essential prerequisite existed; the victorious action of the masses. ’ Well, Comrade Werner. Indeed! At the end of his exposition Comrade Werner states that the action of the masses constitutes the essential prerequisite not only for the establishment of a Munich but of a Bavarian soviet-republic. At the beginning of his exposition, Comrade Werner spoke differently. We Communists considered a soviet-republic consisting of Bavaria alone an absurdity.

There is, however, to a certain degree, a syndicalist current present in Germany: it is sometimes not easy to hold our people back from such follies. Especially since even within our organisation we have certain attempts from that camp, which led directly to a coup d’état2 within our organisation. The murder of Leo3 in particular, and the interruption for over a week in the appearance of a newspaper due to the events I described, concentrated people’s minds: we have therefore called a conference for tomorrow in order to clarify what our position is towards syndicalism and the question of the general strike.

On  December , the USPD-members resigned from the Council of People’s Deputies, and were replaced by Gustav Noske and Rudolf Wissell from the SPD. When the National Assembly convened on  February , a government was formed under Scheidemann as chancellor, supported by the SPD, the German Democratic Party and the (Catholic) Centre Party. It was Scheidemann who had reluctantly proclaimed the Republic from the Reichstag balcony on  November, to forestall the proclamation of a workers’ republic by Karl Liebknecht.

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