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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #240 - Read: Christian Langeois, "Henri Krasucki" (fr, pt) [machine translation]

Date Sat, 19 Jul 2014 14:00:15 +0300

This biography of Henri Krasucki (1924-2003) is any sympathy for his subject. It is an opportunity to revisit the history of Stalinism. A different bio would be necessary with critical tools to understand the origins, impasses and Stalinists dramas. Nevertheless it allows to enter this universe now disappeared fascinated and shaped the nineteenth century in general and the French labor movement in particular. ---- The golf "Krasu" as he was affectionately called, is indeed remarkable. A life of courage, dedication, loyalty to the Stalinist commitments. How can we forget the young worker from the Jewish immigration, the young rebel, the remote, the tireless activist. It would be too simple, too comfortable to disqualify an entire generation of militant workers in wrought untold battles simply because they were engaged in a criminal way. The book usefully reminds us that for many activists were sincere and defended the "strategy" driven by Moscow in thinking she was the only one possible. Many died heroically for Stalinism, some were cowardly murdered by Stalin, others gradually die without children. Sterile or nearly so. The latest born managing the feat of having the same faults as their former without having any qualities!

The last part of the book is that the most illuminating perspective. Krasu torn, as the whole party, between fidelity and openness, seeking a way out (he does not understand that Stalinism was closed in advance any issue). Internal battles can be glimpsed in a period where Marchais imposes zig-zag stunning FCP and seeks to impose in the CGT. Alliance with the PS or not? Walked from the rupture of the joint program in 1977 at the PCF output of Ministers of the Socialist government in 1984 by all possible phases, excessive hostility abdication in open country. It is remarkable that the PCF has not yet found the way out about this question of alliances with the PS ... Under no Stalin as those under Attila nothing repels!

The highlight and the only "revelation" of this biography is the autobiography that he decided to work at the beginning of 1991 together with two journalists. In the confrontation that opposes secretly to Marchais, he was willing to spread some issues to light. But a well-Stalinist reflex will net him stop this project is the "coup" of Yeltsin in August and the collapse of the USSR ahead. "We have to face, we forget the differences" says Will he then his publisher ...

Jean-Yves (AL Seine-Saint-Denis)

Christian Langeois, Henri Krasucki , Cherche-Midi Ed, 2012, 372 p., 19 euros.
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