A Message from Bertrand Russell

Item

Title

A Message from Bertrand Russell

Contributor

Long, C.

Creator

Bertrand Russell

Date

Nov. 29, 1968

Format

jpg

Identifier

Bertrand Russell Archives, Box 9.43, Doc. 177861

Language

eng

Rights

McMaster University

Source

Bertrand Russell Archives

Text

A MESSAGE FROM BERTRAND RUSSELL

Together with valued colleagues, I am preparing an international conference to defend the people of Czechoslovakia, who remain under Soviet occupation.

The conference, to be held in Rome in January 1969, is one response to urgent appeals that I have received from many leading Czechoslovak writers and intellectuals.

In addition to imposing foreign troops, censorship and control of the daily life of Czechoslovak citizens, the Soviet Union is known to be demanding anti-Semitic show trials in Prague. Such trials, if permitted, will be a terrible reversion to Stalinism, with repercussions throughout Eastern Europe and indeed the entire world.

Our conference will assert the right of the Czechoslovak people to determine their own future, and will work to prevent every horror which the Soviet Union tries to inflict on this courageous people. Participants will include Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Peter Weiss and many others from Europe and North America who are known for their defence of the principle of self-determination. We intend to exert the most powerful pressure on both supporters and makers of Soviet policy in Czechoslovakia.

I earnestly appeal to everyone who desires justice for the people of Czechoslovakia to help make this conference effective by contributing generously and promptly in the ways suggested below.

Bertrand Russell
29 November, 1968