Silences in Trotskii’s My Life


self-serving moments


Trotskii’s autobiography My Life is a lively and fascinating account of his childhood on a Jewish farm in Ukraine, his schooling and early revolutionary activity, his dramatic escape from Siberia in 1906, and his exploits at the front during the Russian Civil War. Yet it is an autobiography written with a special mission, the mission to defeat Stalin. So there are self-serving moments, misinterpretations and in particular silences, silences on pre-revolutionary disagreements with Lenin and silences on his disagreements with Lenin during the course of the revolution and in its aftermath


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