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Trotsky Day in Berlin: workshops and a panel discussion on the 75th anniversary of the death of Leon Trotsky

“Trotsky Day”, a public event on October 17 in Berlin, will bring together fighters from the workers’ and youth movements, activists from different political tendencies and historians and academics. We reproduce the invitation from the Revolutionary Internationalist Organization (RIO), German section of the FT-CI.

Nathaniel Flakin

September 17, 2015
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On August 20, 1940, Leon Trotsky was murdered. Trotsky, a Marxist in theory and practice, a leader of the Russian Revolution, the founder of the Red Army, a fighter for the world socialist revolution and communism, represents the opposition to the Stalinist dictatorship of the apparatus.

Despite persecution, the “Trotskyists” founded the Fourth International and defended the Marxist program against bureaucratic betrayal. Many, including Trotsky himself, gave their lives for this cause.

In the current historical crisis of capitalism, this program is more relevant than ever. To commemorate the 75th anniversary of his death, we want to grapple with the political legacy of Leon Trotsky.

Therefore we invite you to a panel discussion and workshops – an introduction to the ideas of Trotskyism will also take place. There will be plenty of time for questions and critical discussion.

Topics:

How relevant are the ideas of Trotsky today?

Antifascism

Feminism

Syriza, Podemos and Neo-reformism

The Arab Spring and Permanent Revolution
workers’ movement and trade unions
and more …

Speakers:

Florian Wilde (historian, Author of a biography of the KPD leader Ernst Meyer, DIE LINKE)

Cynthia Lub (Clase contra Clase, Barcelona, section of the Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth International in the Spanish State)

Marcel Bois (historian, author of a book about the Left Opposition of the KPD, DIE LINKE)

Lilly Freytag (RIO, German section of the Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth International)

Lefteris Arabatzis (SEK-ANTARSYA, Thessaloniki / Berlin)

Maria Wolff and Karl Noske (Berlin Youth Antifa)

Workers from the BVG and Amazon

Michael Koschitzki (SAV, German section of the Committee for a Workers’ International)

Tobi Hansen (GAM, German section of the League for the Fifth International)

Revo (communist youth organization)

Boris Marlow (Marx21, network for international socialism in DIE LINKE)

Greetings:

Esteban Volkov (grandson of Leon Trotsky, from the Casa Museo in Mexico)

Nicolás del Caño (PTS, Argentinian section of the Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth International, presidential candidate of the FIT)

Myriam Bregman (PTS, Argentinian section of the Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth International, vice-presidential candidate of the FIT)

Saturday, October 17, 2015 • Mehringhof, Berlin
12-22 clock • Gneisenaustr. 2a 2. Backyard • U6 / U7 Mehringdamm

Organized by the Revolutionary Internationalist Organization (RIO), German section of the Trotskyist Fraction – Fourth International

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Nathaniel Flakin

Nathaniel is a freelance journalist and historian from Berlin. He is on the editorial board of Left Voice and our German sister site Klasse Gegen Klasse. Nathaniel, also known by the nickname Wladek, has written a biography of Martin Monath, a Trotskyist resistance fighter in France during World War II, which has appeared in German, in English, and in French, and in Spanish. He has also written an anticapitalist guide book called Revolutionary Berlin. He is on the autism spectrum.

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