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"Victorian Socialism"

Nature volume 145, page 152 (27 January 1940) | Download Citation



I HAVE made a careful study of the Spanish horrors, and have accepted none but well-documented evidence. The Ronda story is from a book by Arthur Bryant. I could have found several equally dreadful examples by Spanish eye-witnesses, but some of them I did not care to keep on my shelves. The estimate of 300,000 victims is official; some have put the number much higher. Krivitsky's "I Was Stalin's Agent" is most illuminating; for example, p. 120: "The Ogpu had done a brilliant piece of work. In Dec. 1936 the terror was sweeping Madrid, Barcelona, and Valencia. The Ogpu . . . . carried out assassinations and kidnappings. . . . The Soviet Union had a grip on Loyalist Spain, as if it were already a Soviet possession." This book may be enough for my friend Mr. Wells, who is a very honest man.

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  1. Brightwell Manor, Wallingford, Berks.

    • W. R. INGE


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