A man from the city of Malmoe, Sweden, Rolf Martens, a former member of the KPD/ML (NEUE EINHEIT), keeps publishing libels on our organization, at the same time trying to give the impression that he still has some connection with us, and is publishing articles and unauthorized translations of publications by us without our permission.
About him the following facts should be stressed:
Rolf Martens only speaks for himself. He was excluded from the KPD/ML(NEUE EINHEIT) in April 1990. By no means we are responsible for his activities. He was excluded because of his massive slandering of our organization: that it had changed sides and had become a bourgeois one. These were assertions never supported by any real reasons. The only "argument" was that we did not fight enough against the Green movement, in this context he attacked an important article about 1st of May 1989. This is nonsense. Our organization had always, since 15 years before 1990, been unmasking and fighting the Green and Alternative swindlers and so-called Ecologist movement, the same has been done against it in 1989 and 1990 and after 1990. This was nothing but a pure invention by Rolf Martens. No further arguments were brought forward by him in April 1990.
In spite of all attempts to bring him away from his wrong and absurd
attitudes, he clung to his views, declared his withdrawal from the organization
and at the same time unanimously was excluded. Within a time of six weeks,
a deadline that we had fixed for him to bring written grounds for his views,
no letter, no document arrived at our organization. Five months later he
tried to elaborate a new standpoint against our organization, with new
arguments, using slandering, distorted summaries of publications, and quotations
from unauthorized papers and discussions from within our organization,
to give grounds for his standpoint. This document, too, is a self exposure
of Rolf Martens, it does not hit us at all. He did not translate it, neither
into Swedish nor into English, so it is virtually unknown.
It was a very surprising attack, which Rolf Martens started against our organization in the April of 1990. In his paper from Sept. 1990 he tried to add some arguments: that our organization had fought the 'Aussiedler' (resettlement)-campaign of our bourgeoisie (see note below). He demanded 'simply to integrate the new citizens' and similar nonsense, topics which never had been discussed with him in our organization, and on which he had systematically avoided a discussion within the organization.
These points must be kept in mind, if you read the letters and publications by Rolf Martens. He has no right to speak for the KPD/ML (NEUE EINHEIT). He only represents himself.
It is very significant, that his paper is unable to criticize official documents of our organization. Our organization will go forward.
The further policy of our organization in current political affairs after April 1990 also proves the correctness of the theses of our organization. It was our organization that led a massive campaign against the Iraqi war of US-imperialism and its allies, it was our organization that extensively pointed out her position concerning the Yugoslavian war, the biggest war, also in terms of victims, of the last decades in Europe, and developed a detailed and correct analysis of this question. We also took position against the fascist activities and the reconstruction of fascism in our country. A very large and important commentary which we published was the article "The State Connection" (April 1992). Therein our chairman dealt once again, in a very condensed and comprehensible manner, with the crucial points about the background to the so-called terrorism, and went into the matter. The article deals with affairs with which revolutionary organizations in this country have been concerned for twenty years, that is to say in the very first respect with the role of organs of the state. Naturally we supported the social interests of the working class.
All this proves that we have been continuing the revolutionary proletarian line in the years 1991-94, with all our knowledge, all our information. Simultaneously we have been deepening our theoretical work and have been working all the time on the continuation of the foundations of revolutionary policy. To all that Rolf Martens turns a deaf ear, declaring it nil.
Rolf Martens has to come out on the policy, which we have been continuing: is it a revolutionary policy or not?
A letter of the Central Committee to Rolf Martens of Sept. 1994 will also be translated and published.
In the beginning of the 70's our organization defended the Cultural Revolution against the resistance of the whole revisionist and social democratic mafia. During the years 1970-72 we fought with all our energy against our state and against the political powers, which were present particularly in Berlin (West), where our organization had come into being, worked in trade unions, in other institutions, did social propaganda, did propaganda for the revolution and also did not shrink back from applying it in practice. The activity of our organization stood out in particular due to the concrete analysis of the concrete situation, due to the concrete application of the fundamental teachings of Marxism Leninism and of Mao Zedong.
Reversely we had to defend ourselves against the heaviest subversion by the state in Berlin and West Germany, and were exposed to the hardest tests.
We fought against the labour-aristocratic and revisionist conception of the so-called KABD (today MLPD). We fought against pseudomarxist and swindler organizations like the "Roter Morgen", the "KPD/AO", the "KBW" and the so-called "ZB", who all were really phoney organizations with state and direct bourgeois influence. The latter was divided between the former three in 1972, and these former three changed sides as quickly as possible, as soon as the turnabout in China had become reality. As quickly as possible all these organizations went to the enemy, to the revisionists, and fought against Marxism Leninism, against the politics and teachings of Mao Zedong and against any creative revolutionary implementation on the whole.
In the time of 73 to 74 our organization fought, against all resistance, for the line of Mao Zedong in international questions, in the same time organized resistance of our group against the suppression by the authorities of our country, alone, without help from any organization abroad.
During all that time our organization continued working practically in the factories, fought for the social interests of the workers and of other suppressed and exploited strata, as far as the size of this group did permit that at all. Although by the repression by the state the organization had been much decimated from 1973 on it nevertheless continued its work by a host of publications and public propaganda appearances.
In the end of the 70's our organization defended the line of Mao Zedong against the revisionist usurpation in China. We - and not the TKP/ML - defended Mao Zedong's line, refuted the Albanian line and those who worked together with them. There are many documents of that time which prove this assertion. Everybody can come and ask the details. We shall explain our assertion by many proofs from that time, which are interesting for the communist and revolutionary movement all over the world.
It was also during that time that our organization under the guidance of Klaus Sender developed a criticism of the rising ecologism and of the attempts to disparage modern production and to disseminate in the whole country ultra rightist attitudes against development and growth. In particular against the so-called Anti Nuclear Energy Movement our organization was the only one to make stand. It defended the revolutionary modern productive forces, defended in particular the natural sciences and revolutionary materialism. Therefore it was also solely our organization which defended the basic view of Marxism of productive forces and relations of production. In this role we stood exclusively and solely within our country and furthermore, as far as we know, in the European countries. Which organization elsewhere in the world has played this role?
But the defaming of our organization by all these forces especially in that time - end of the 70's, beginning of the 80s - and their striving to cut us off from any foreign organization have had no limits.
The situation for the revolutionary party in Germany was very difficult not only and not in the first place because of repression by the state. There have been overwhelming changes in the structure of the working population already in that time, there was a widespread substitution of industrial workers and low paid jobs at that time by foreign laborers and employees. They soon constituted a very big part of the concentrated proletariat at the assembly lines for instance. Later on more and more work of domestic and foreign workers was being displaced into so-called "cheap labor" countries. This process began on full scale in 1974, with many social effects like setting free of workers, underemployment among the youth, sectionalism on one side and a widespread increase of labour-aristocratism and corruption among the workers on the other side. The foreign workers became an important part and got a decisive role in the world of Germany's workers, the biggest rate of the foreign workers being of Turkish origin. So also foreign revolutionary organizations became important in the whole situation on the revolutionary side in Germany in the early seventies. From the early beginnings the German state authorities saw these problems and infiltrated and controlled foreign workers associations. There has never been any longer-time-unity neither between German and foreign revolutionary organizations nor between organizations of different nationalities. And if they work together, like the TKP/ML, then only with a purely studying group like "Gegen die Strömung" - at that time a pro Albanian organization without any revolutionary practice. The fundamental course of the TKP/ML was to orientate the Turkish workers in Germany to the events in their mother country. All this made the role of a revolutionary party in Germany even more difficult than it was anyway.
That there is something wrong can be illustrated by interesting facts. For example: The name of the great hero of the early Turkish revolution of the beginning 70's, Ibrahim Kaypakkaya, was published in Germany in 1979, when two Germans had gone to Turkey and had brought back the name and the destiny of the first chairman of the TPK/ML to Germany. Ibrahim Kaypakkaya had been murdered by the Turkish state as early as 1973. The TKP/ML had been working in Germany from the beginning 70's to the end of the 70's and had never said any word about the destiny of the own chairman. What was wrong in this movement?!
In the 80's our organization defended Marxism Leninism and the teachings of Mao Zedong as before, and also began to develop the fundamental theories, for instance about Soviet history, about Leninism, and began to investigate questions about Marxism, which was dictated by reality. We never denied revolutionary war. But in some important questions it is necessary to look for the whole historical conception. It is not possible to stay upon the level of the theory of the 40's, of the 50's. Mao Zedong himself has developed the theory 'again and again', and it is quite clear that the historical step that now has happened and will happen, will need new theoretical impulses to the revolutionary movement in the world.
The first result of Klaus Sender's investigations were the articles "Lenin's attitude towards Alexander Herzen", 9 chapters published in 1986 and 1987, and more important, the fundamental analysis "Leninism and Civilization - introduction to criticism", which discusses certain real problems not in order to destroy revolutionary movement but to bring it forward. We had no problems in refuting the dirty attack of Rolf Martens which we mentioned above.
A profound discussion was continued. The last two decades were a period of very great changes and new phenomena, on a world-wide scale. The supreme guide-line must be the complex reality, not forgetting all the historical experiences which in the theories of mankind and of the working class have been laid down. These two maxims we have to regard.
After gaining victory about a destructive and obstructive force in our own organization between the middle of 1992 to May 1993 we have launched the biggest theoretical program for the investigation of cultural questions, which will play a big role in the coming international and internationalizing world. A check-up of Marxism is indicated.
But all the things we deal with we do in a very well founded way and with long tests of argumentation, in order not to embarrass the revolutionary movement but to come to a better starting point in the time to come. Rolf Martens, the slanderer of our organization, knew our concepts and our criticisms, and although he was enforced to admit that the criticism "Leninism and Civilization" was correct, which had been published in 1989, he asserted that it was just in that time when we made great theoretical efforts and progress, that we "degenerated to a bourgeois organization". The nonsense of his assertion jumps into ones eyes.
It is all the more conspicuous that Rolf Martens does not give reasons
in his international papers and statements, why our organization is being
accused of degenerating, of being a bourgeois organization. Not by a single
word he tries to substantiate this. This however is easily explainable,
because he does not at all want to show what is the subject, but wants
to abuse our organization for his own purposes.
Editorial staff of NEUE EINHEIT
Published in German and English, first issued in the Internet,
17th Aug. 96.
By the 'Aussiedler'-campaign ('resettlement' campaign) is to be understood that the German bourgeoisie causes millions of citizens of the former Soviet Union, Poland, Romania and other countries, by several methods, to leave these countries for Germany, arguing that these people have German ancestors and have the right to be German citizens. The bourgeoisie plays these people off against the population of Germany, workers from Turkey and other countries included, who have been here working for a long time. For example, in the eighties the 'Aussiedler' were being privileged against all others in getting jobs and apartments, in a country with an unemployment of several million people and extreme shortage and rise in prices of apartments. back to text