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LEON TROTSKY(1879 - 1940) Russian Communist leader who with Lenin organized the Bolshevik October Revolution, defeated by Stalin in their struggle for control of the government, banished and later assassinated in Mexico. Scarce T.L.S. "L. Trotsky" in French, 2pp., 7" x 11", Coyoacan [Mexico], Apr. 4, 1939, concerning getting his grandchild out of Mexico. In part: "...We have received your telegraphic message through Roberts and we have replied to you by telegram...it is not necessary to mention our gratefulness to you as to Marguerite and to all the friends who have helped us in such an important matter. I am a little worried about Molinier's threats. There are traits of gangsterism in this group and with its chief. You must personally take precautions. The same for the small boy before he leaves the country...Each week delayed is dangerous. In these conditions the best solution would be Natalia's [Trotsky's second wife] trip to France. She could personally approach the small boy before he goes into a new house...Natalia would have a Mexican passport and could come back at any time. It is a matter of a short stay, which has of course no political objective. I think that your forceful intervention at the Quai d'Orsay [location of the French Foreign Ministry]...could be decisive and would resolve the matter...". With the salutation in his hand. The second page contains a typed postscript signed "L.T.", in which he adds: "...I am adding a very brief memorandum concerning the remittance...During the first year of our stay in Mexico, my son had received approximately the same sum from European publishers for my work...After his death one hundred fifty dollars and one thousand francs were sent by telegraph for various expenses...All this can be shown on documents, testimonies, etc...". Written from Trotsky's home in exile in the year before his assassination. Raymond Molinier opposed the bureaucratic direction of the Communist International after Lenin's death, and sided with Trotsky in its opposition. He broke with Trotsky in the 1930s. On August 20, 1940, Trotsky was successfully attacked in his home by an NKVD agent, who smashed the pick of an ice axe into Trotsky's skull. Trotsky was taken to a hospital, operated on, and survived for more than a day, dying at the age of 60 on August 21, 1940. Very good.
Estimate $ 2,500-3,000

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