The recent developments in the Communist party in Russia and in the Soviet government, particularly the fate of Leon Trotsky, is the subject of an editorial in the Cleveland “Jewish World.” These developments have the result that there are no more Jews among the Communist leaders, the paper declares.
“It is indeed a pleasure to know that there are no more Jewish Communist leaders. The old leaders disappear from the platform and new ones are not added,” writes the paper.
“When the unfortunate Bolshevism appeared in the world in 1917 the few Jewish Bolsheviks made so much noise that one might have thought that there are only Jewish Bolsheviks in the world. In Germany there was Rosa Luxemburg, in Bavaria a Kurt Eisner, in Hungary, a Bela Kun, and in Russia, horrors ! a Trotsky, a Kameneff, a Zinovieff, a Litvinoff, and a Karl Radek. Today, twelve years later, almost no one of them is left, no trace of them remains. There are, indeed, still Communist movements in various countries, here weak, there stronger, but there are no more Jewish Communist leaders.
“What happened? Just a bagatelle. The Communist Jewish leaders have found that their comrades, the non-Jews, strongly believe in the Talmudic dictum: ‘A Jew, though he transgresses, is a Jew.’ You may be a Communist, you may be ready for self-sacrifice, for your Communism, but if you are a Jew, you are not needed.
“There are no more Jews among the Communist leaders-blessed be the righteous Judge,” the editorial says.
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