Georgi Dimitrov

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.

“…fight against unemployment – this terrible scourge for the working class. A product of capitalist production, unemployment will not be completely eliminated so long as the present order prevails.”
 -Georgi Dimitrov
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2 Responses to Georgi Dimitrov

  1. Anonymous says:

    Was Georgi Dimitrov really poisoned by Stalin?
    I heard that Stalin would have preferred to have Bulgaria in Yugoslavia, as opposed to it being an independent socialist republic.
    Very interesting that you mention him. I'm originally from Bulgaria and I know him as the first leader of the BCP. Now I'm reading a book on Mao's biography, and it turns out that Mao was receiving orders from comrade Dimitrov.

    Do you happen to know where I can find some of Dimitrov's writings? It'd be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks

  2. There has always been speculation that Comrade Dimitrov was murdered, but there is no real evidence to point to murder. Dimitrov suffered from numerous illnesses during his final decade of life, including diabetes, and a diseased gall bladder. I think it was simply the fact that he died in a Soviet hospital that led to these rumors.

    Actually, Dimitrov wanted to form a sort of second Soviet Union, which would have stretched from the Adriatic to the Black Sea. It would have been a loose federation of states, bound together by a central authority. Stalin favoured a dualist state, similar to the old Austro-Hungarian Empire. However, Tito wanted a single state, ruled by him, and both Stalin and Dimitrov opposed this – so it never happened.

    As the leader of the Comintern, Dimitrov did distribute orders to the various members. However, the role of the Comintern changed by 1945, and Dimitrov eventually became the leader of Bulgaria and spent much of his remaining time on various national questions.

    The best place online to find works by Comrade Dimitrov is here: http://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/dimitrov/index.htm

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