Four hundred attend screening of Tsar to Lenin in Leipzig
30 March 2017
Mehring Verlag (Mehring Books), the publishing arm of the Sozialistische Gleichheitspartei (Socialist Equality Party—SGP) sponsored two well-attended meetings on the Russian Revolution and its contemporary significance as part of the Leipzig Book fair.
At a meeting held at the University of Leipzig on Friday, Mehring Verlag showed the film Tsar to Lenin, and at the book fair itself, ICFI Secretary Peter Schwarz presented the German translation of David North’s book, A Quarter-Century of War: The US Drive for Global Hegemony 1990-2016.
The film screening of Tsar to Lenin was one of the highlights of the fair and one of its best-attended events, drawing an audience of 400 people. In the run-up to the showing, supporters of the SGP and members of the IYSSE campaigned at local factories and at the city’s university. Tsar to Lenin is the definitive documentary of the Russian Revolution released in 1937 by Herman Axelbank and Max Eastman.
Christoph Vandreier speaking at the event
The film was introduced by Christoph Vandreier, the spokesman for the IYSSE in Germany and assistant national secretary of the SGP. Vandreier described how the film came to be made, as well as the current significance of the Russian Revolution.
Vandreier stressed that the October Revolution was the most important event of the 20th century. “For the first time in the history of mankind, the working class took an independent approach to political events, ended the world war and set about building the first-ever workers state. … Tsar to Lenin is one of the most important films of the 20th century because it brings to life this historical event.”
The film not only shows history being made, it is…