relief by Oleh Lesiuk]
A further Marxist
reference to Scheffer, citing his book "Seven years in Soviet Russia":
C L R James
The World Revolution 1937-1936
THE PLATFORM AND THE FIVE-YEAR PLAN
IN PREPARATION FOR THE FIFTEENTH PARTY CONFERENCE in December, 1927, the
Oppositionists summarised their position in a document known as the Platform.
 It contained their charges against
the Stalinist regime and their proposals for the regeneration of Russia. Such
success as the Soviet Union has achieved it owes to working on the principles
outlined in the document, as far as this was possible under the Stalinist
This was the Platform. When it appeared it was met with derision inside and
outside the Soviet Union. This was the policy for which the Opposition was
expelled from the Stalinist party in November, 1927. The Stalin regime, of
course, condemned it root and branch and said it was an anti-party document,
accused the Opposition of wishing to form two parties, and meanwhile kept the
document away from the party and the masses. What is more important to remember
to-day is that the policies it outlined were met with derision and contempt not
only by the Stalinists hut by some very learned bourgeois. Paul Scheffer, the
Russian correspondent of the Berliner Tageblatt, had spent many years in the
Soviet Union. Let us see what he thought of it: "The book sounds to our ears
like a dirge over lost illusions, a lost paradise, the end of a dream. One could
not think of it as poetry, exactly,"
 and much rubbish of the same sort.
To all these people Stalin was the realist, practical, level-headed. Trotsky was
the romantic revolutionary, harking back to the gallant days of 1927. For them
the Permanent Revolution in the sense of the permanent economic reconstruction
of Russian economy was mere theorising.
 Seven Years in Soviet
Russia, by Paul Scheffer, p. 186
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