I’ve always been curious as to why so few American Communists recognise the work and legacy of the Bulgarian Communist leader Georgi Dimitrov. Many groups in this country honour Enver Hoxha as the fifth great Marxist of the world – why? I suspect it is simply historical distance (not that Comrade Hoxha was not a great Marxist theoretician, simply because, in my estimation Dimitrov should be the fifth, and Hoxha the sixth).
Georgi Dimitrov died in 1949. He was, after Lenin, the first of the Communist leaders of the world to die. At a time when Mao was just beginning his reign of terror, Comrade Dimitrov’s life was ending. In contrast, Comrade Hoxha died in 1985 – within the memory of many of those active in the Marxist world.
Enver Hoxha was one on the Eastern Bloc leaders that was staunchly in Stalin’s camp. After his death, and the ascension of the revisionist Khrushchev, Comrade Hoxha switched his support, briefly, to China and its pseudo-Marxist leader Mao. After realising that Mao was as bad as Khrushchev, he took an independent stance – educating the world about his view of Marxism – a Marxism based in the theories and practices of Comrade Stalin.
Georgi Dimitrov, also a supporter of Stalin, was much more than an admirer. Comrade Dimitrov, accused of setting the Reichstag fire, was tried by the Nazi Government of Germany – and he beat them! Despite the fact that it was all for show, and that the verdict should have been guilty, he won!
Comrade Dimitrov understood the nature of Capitalism far better than other “Marxist” leaders. While Stalin sat in his palace as his people fought the German Army – Comrade Dimitrov took on the German Government, live and in person. Even Lenin, a man I greatly admire, was never on the battlefield.
I’ll be posting quotes from Comrade Dimitrov in the coming days – hopefully to inspire the Communist world to take a closer look at this great man.