The text of a proclamation as from the the summer of 1919 urging war on pogromists and exhorting Reds (a small number undeniably also engaged in anti-Jewish violence) to reject entirely the message of Jewish hatred. During the Civil War(and before) the area around Odessa saw concerted pogroms against Jewish communities. That region saw tens of thousands of Jews murdered by counter-revolutionary White armies, likes those of Denikin, between 1918-1920. For much of this time the area was also a focus the imperialist Allie’s intervention, led by the French backing the pogromists and committing many atrocities of their own. Driven out by Red partisans on April 7, 1919, the Odessa Commune was proclaimed. Shortly long after this, in August, 1919 Denikin and his imperial patrons would retake Odessa until its final liberation by Red Army on February 8, 1920.
‘Down with the Pogrom-Makers!’ Odessa Committee of the Communist (Bolshevist) Party of Ukraine from Soviet Russia (New York). Vol. 1 No. 12. August 23, 1919.
DOWN WITH THE POGROM-MAKERS! Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!
UKRAINIAN SOCIALIST SOVIET REPUBLIC
Comrades! The czarist government, which protected the interests of the capitalists and landed proprietors, always resorted to Jew-baiting for the purpose of strengthening its power.
THE CZARIST GOVERNMENT ORGANIZED HUNDREDS OF JEWISH POGROMS; IT SPENT MILLIONS OF THE PEOPLE’S MONEY FOR THE PURPOSE OF AROUSING NATIONAL ANIMOSITY.
Through the oppression of nationalities it endeavored to divide the toiling masses of different nationalities, and hindered the workers of different nationalities from joining hands for a united struggle against their common enemy: the autocracy, the landed proprietors and the capitalists.
And now Grigoriev’s rascals incite their robber bands against the defenseless Jews, vent on them all their anger, and torture women, old men and children.
Comrades! Those who direct and inspire these bands and gangs, —Grigoriev and his like, are the same protectors of the interests of the capitalists and landed proprietors THEY HAVE THE SAME TRAITOROUS AIM: TO DIVIDE THE WORKING CLASS AND TO BREAK THE UNITED PROLETARIAN FRONT.
THE BLACK HUNDRED AND THE GRIGORIEVISTS, IN UNION WITH THE WORLD BOURGEOISIE, ARE TRYING TO DROWN THE COMMUNIST REVOLUTION IN THE BLOOD OF INNOCENT VICTIMS, IN THE BLOOD OF POVERTY-STRICKEN JEWS. JEWISH POGROMS ARE THE STRAW AT WHICH THE OUTWORN WORLD IS CLUTCHING IN ORDER TO SAVE ITS CAPITAL.
Comrades, Red-Guardists, Workers and Peasants! Do not be misled by the scoundrels and provocateurs who sold themselves to the bourgeoisie and nobility and who urge you to make pogroms. Over the corpses of the Jewish poor the capitalists and landed proprietors are trying to find a way to the millions and the houses which they lost.
Together with the torrents of blood of the Jewish poor will swim away the LANDS from the peasants and THE FACTORIES AND WORKSHOPS from the workers, will swim away the freedom and the power from the toilers, which have been won at such cost.
Comrades, Red Guardists, be firm, do not yield to provocation. Let your answer to the Black Hundred agitation be the brave and proud call: DOWN WITH THE POGROM-MAKERS!
Hold firmly in your hands the red banner—the banner of struggle and freedom.
LONG LIVE THE INTERNATIONAL WORKERS’ AND PEASANTS’ ARMY.
LONG LIVE THE UKRAINIAN SOCIALIST SOVIET REPUBLIC.
LONG LIVE THE POWER OF THE WORKERS OF ALL COUNTRIES AND OF ALL NATIONS.
Odessa Committee of the Communist (Bolshevist) Party of Ukraine.
Published by the Department of Soviet Propaganda attached to the Executive Committee of the Odessa Council of Workers’ Deputies
Soviet Russia began in the summer of 1919, published by the Bureau of Information of Soviet Russia and replaced The Weekly Bulletin of the Bureau of Information of Soviet Russia. In lieu of an Embassy the Russian Soviet Government Bureau was the official voice of the Soviets in the US. Soviet Russia was published as the official organ of the RSGB until February 1922 when Soviet Russia became to the official organ of The Friends of Soviet Russia, becoming Soviet Russia Pictorial in 1923. There is no better US-published source for information on the Soviet state at this time, and includes official statements, articles by prominent Bolsheviks, data on the Soviet economy, weekly reports on the wars for survival the Soviets were engaged in, as well as efforts to in the US to lift the blockade and begin trade with the emerging Soviet Union.
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