Workers' Liberty 3/36: The Slansky Trial: Stalinism, anti-semitism and conspiracy theories

The Slansky Trial: introduction

In the Slansky show-trials of 1952 in Czechoslovakia, a group of high-ranking Communist Party members, most of them Jewish, were tortured into “confessing” to treason and colluding with the US and Israel. This is an important example of the use of the term “Zionists” to describe Jews in anti-semitic scapegoating.

2012 marks the 60th anniversary of the so-called Trial of the Anti-State Conspiratorial Centre led by Rudolf Slansky.


The Slansky trial: contents.

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The Slansky Trial: the rehearsals

At the centre of the supposed conspiracy was Rudolf Slansky, a lifelong member of the Czechoslovak Communist Party (CPC). He had joined the party at its inception in 1921 and been elected to its Central Committee in 1929.

The rehearsals for the Slansky Trial.

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The Slansky Trial and “cosmopolitians”

The same meeting also marked the introduction of “anti-Zionism” (in reality: anti-semitism) into the preparations for the eventual show-trial.

The Slansky Trial and “cosmopolitians”.

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The Slansky Trial and Israel

They claimed to have also sabotaged the Czechoslovak economy by making trade agreements with Israel under which the latter paid 17% less than it should have done for goods which it imported from Czechoslovakia.

The Slansky Trial and Israel.

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