Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Wed 19 Feb 14 16:07
Excited to announce that Leon's son just found me a photo of Elly and Leon together, with Leon in military uniform, which dates the photo to roughly the same time as the letters! I will be putting a scan online soonish.
Scott Underwood (esau) Wed 19 Feb 14 16:10
That's great. I haven't chimed in here, but I'm following along.
Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Wed 19 Feb 14 16:41
Chime, chime! And spread the word about the blog, if you please.
paralyzed by a question like that (debunix) Wed 19 Feb 14 16:48
Can't wait to see the photos.
Marcus Porter (mkanoap) Mon 3 Mar 14 11:17
Leon was a proto-chow person!
Gail Williams (gail) Mon 3 Mar 14 12:26
Nice. Catching up... the photo was great, and the latest letter has such bizarre and entertaining descriptions. I'd missed this one, which touches on 1940s CP Stalinists versus "tRATzkyites" : <http://a-certain-party-i-love.tumblr.com/post/78017699618/i-love-you-so-much-i -dont-want-you-to-be-tainted> Writing on October 25, 1940, our Leon would have had heard a lot about Leon Trotsky's assassination in exile in Mexico City, which was huge news only a few months prior. Not taking the time to look up the examples of despicable parties who'd said nice things about Trotsky, but I have to wonder if that was an "enemy of my enemy" phenomenon, or even a speaking well of the dead phenomenon. The Communist factions drama is so intense and murky. Found an article from that period which condemns both Stalin and Trotsky as impure power-seekers who just used theories and revolutionary ideals to attack one another. It's just an example of that complex division, written from a stance that appears to idolize the early beliefs of Marx and Lenin and condemn what followed. How difficult to sort through the competing flavors of propaganda and find the organization to support. <https://archive.org/details/AfterSixteenYearsOfSilenceonTrotskysArticledidStal inPoison> I loved "you stinker with a capital stink" in his opening. SO nice.
Fawn Fitter (fsquared) Mon 3 Mar 14 18:33
Yeah, I'm still looking for a better explanation of why Trotskyites and Stalinists were at each other's throats.
those Andropovian bongs (rik) Mon 3 Mar 14 18:50
Aren't they always?
Jack Radey via (lendie) Mon 3 Mar 14 18:54
ask Jack Radey
paralyzed by a question like that (debunix) Mon 31 Mar 14 21:19
'for my feet, dope' !!!! love that bit in today's post. So enjoying getting to know them this way.
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