“Nitchevo, nitchevo”

Adolf Hitler was appointed chancellor in Germany 89 years ago today, on January 30, 1933. On this occasion, we publish a text written by the painter and left-wing activist Diego Rivera. Rivera makes recollections of his visit to Berlin prior to Hitler’s rise to power. They are very valuable in exposing the inadequacy and sort-sightedness of the leaderships of the communist parties at the time…

While the fascists were gaining influence and were posing a deadly threat to the workers’ movement, the leadership of the German and the other Communist Parties, by now under the complete control of the Stalinist bureaucracy, were acting in the most outrageous way. They were denying the creation of a united antifascist front with other forces in the workers’ movement, they were considering the social-democrats to be a bigger threat than Hitler and they were convinced that after the Nazis it was their turn to come to power…

Today, the balance of forces is of course very different than in the ‘30’s. But still, we see the same political mistakes being made by sections of the Left internationally, who either underestimate the danger by the far-right and the fascists, or betray the working class and thus feed into their propaganda.

Either way, we need to take on board the lessons from the past in order not to repeat them in the future. We should strive to create united, broad, antifascist fronts to push back the neo-fascists. And link this fight with the struggle to overthrow capitalism, the system that breeds inequality, racist divisions, crises and suffering. No passaran!

“Diego Rivera’s memoir of Hitler: a stunning insight on the rise of fascism”…This was in 1960. It would be another 2 years before my own “awakening” and Leftward move. And, fortunately, at least in the mainstream of activism in the United States, even in the face of McCarthyism and “loyal” American defenders of racism, memories of Hitler’s fascism was strong enough to overcome what we called “parlor pinkos” who didn’t consider fascism a threat, an evil returned to haunt our nation, our lives. All power to the people!

One thought on ““Nitchevo, nitchevo”

  1. p/s says:

    “Huge Diego Rivera Mural Gets a New Home” https://culturaldaily.com/huge-diego-rivera-mural-gets-a-new-home/
    The Marriage of the Artistic Expression of the North and of the South on This Continent (Pan American Unity), Diego Rivera, 1940. Fresco on steel-reinforced cement panels. 74 feet wide by 22 feet high, weighing 30 tons – detail of totalitarian leaders is in the lower center-right panel.
    Fresco is a technique of mural painting executed upon freshly laid (“wet”) lime plaster. Water is used as the vehicle for the dry-powder pigment to merge with the plaster, and with the setting of the plaster, the painting becomes an integral part of the wall.

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