August 12, 1937
Committee for the Defence of WorKing Class Prisoners in Spain
THE VOICE OF THE PRISONS OF SPAIN
The Committee cannot avoid the responsibility at this time of turning all its resources to the aid of the threatened Spanish revolution and the Spanish and international revolutionaries held in prison by the hundreds. Their defence is the duty of all workers and all honest liberals.
We feel that an essential part of this task is to keep the working class informed concerning the fate of the Spanish revolution and the prisoners. Since the foreign language press services from Barcelona have been practically all suspended by the wave of police repression against the revolutionaries in Catalonia, Paris becomes the most convenient center for gathering and distributing information about the Spanish revolution. Thus we are taking upon ourselves the responsibility of fulfilling this need and are attempting to supply regular bulletins in various languages, starting with this bulletin in English. Its regular appearance, as well as its publication in other languages will depend upon your response in the way of financial assistence. Pay for this copy and more, if you are able. Help the prisoners! Help bring the lessons of the struggle of the Spanish workers to the workers everywhere.
Send funds: (for Europe) to Compte-cheque Postal, A. Bardin, 1907-81 Paris (15 Passage Dubail); for America to George Novak, Room 1453, 22 E, 17th Street, New York, N.Y. (All funds should be earmarked fcr the committee.)
THE MURDER OF NIN ?
Andrea Nin was a well known figure in the international working class movement. Before the war he was active in the left wing of the CNT as secretary of the Teachers Union. At the time of the Russian revolution he was one of the first to rally to communism. He was condemned to death in Spain in 1920, but fled to Russia where he worked in the Central Council of and the Secretariat of the Red Trade Union International. In 1927 he uphold the policy of the Trotskiest-Zinoviev bloc regarding the economic policies of the Soviet Union and the problems of the Chinese revolution. He was thereupon refused responsible work and excluded from the Russian party. For two years he tried to leave Russia but was unable to. In 1930 after the fall of Primo de Rivera he was finally deported, and returned to Spain. He was immediately arrested, but soon released. He began to work with the internatioral left opposition. In 1936 the Communist Left joined with the Workers and Peasants Bloc to form the POUM. Since the July revolution he had become the best known and liked of the POUM leaders.
Nin was particularly obnoxious to the Stalinists because he was thoroughly informed regarding the internal situation until his expulsion. It is not surprizing then that the international program of the Communist Party, of which the suppression of the POUM was one of the first items, would include the elimination of its popular leadar Nin. He was arrested Tuesday, June 15, and taken immediately to Vamencia, and then, we believe, to Murcia province, a Stronghold of the Stalinist Cheka. He has never been seen nor heard of since.