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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1940!

Leo Trotsky:

Born:
  • Lev Davidovich Bronstein
  • Province of Kherson, Ukraine
  • November 7, 1879

Died:

  • August 20, 1940
  • Murdered in Mexico by Ramon Mercader who put an ice pick through his head while Trotsky read one of Mercader's manuscripts
Leo Trotsky while a prisoner in the Soviet Union before he was exiled
Family:
  • Married Alexandria Sokolovskaya
  • Daughter, Nina (died 1928)
  • Daughter, Zina (died 1933, suicide)
  • Son, Leon (died 1938)
  • Son, Sergei (died 1937)
  • Married Natalya Sedova

Major Events:

  • Arrested in 1898 for leading worker demonstrations and held for 2 years
  • Fled to London in 1902 where he adopted the name Trotsky
  • Returned to Russia in 1905 after the first Russian Revolution and became president of the St. Petersburg Councils of Workers Delegates
  • Arrested in 1906 and sent to Siberia he escaped and fled to Vienna
  • Fled to U.S. in 1917 but returned to Russia later that year to join the Bolsheviks
  • In late 1917 after a brief imprisonment, he was elected St. Petersburg Soviet and became a leader in the October insurrection brining the Bolsheviks to power
  • Founded the Red Army in 1918 and became Commissar of War until 1925
  • Deported from Russia to an island off Turkey in 1929, he conducted a campaign to warn the world about fascism, but went unnoticed
  • In 1932, he was stripped of Soviet citizenship
  • Forced to leave Turkey in 1933, he was finally allowed into France
  • In 1935, he was expelled from France and went to Norway
  • After receiving pressure from Stalin, Norway expelled him and by 1937 he was living in Mexico
  • In May 1940, the first of two assassination attempts was made on his life by a Stalinist gang led by the famous Mexican painter, David Alfaro Siquieros

Writings:

  • Permanent Revolution (1907)
  • From the February Revolution to Brest Litovsk (1923)
  • Terrorism and Communism (1925)
  • How the Revolution Armed Itself (1926)
  • Literature and Revolution (1926)
  • On Lenin (1926)
  • Where is Britain Going? (1926)
  • Europe and America (1927)
  • Problems of Everyday Life (1927)
  • Problems of the Chinese Revolution (1927)
  • Trotsky on China (1927)
  • Criticism of the Comintern Program (1927)
  • The History of the Russian Revolution (1929)
  • My Life (1929)
  • Fascism: What It Is and How to Fight It (1930)
  • The Struggle Against Fascism in Germany (1932)
  • The Revolution Betrayed (1935)
  • The Transitional Program (1937)
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