COMMUNISTS: We Grip Your Hand

In the deathbed issue of Manhattan's Communist New Masses last January, twelve Russian Communist writers addressed an open letter to their colleagues in the U.S. The gist of it: Whose side are you on? Last week, in the resurrected and rebaptized Masses & Mainstream, 32 U.S. writers, painters and musicians published their answer. Its gist: We're on your side, comrades.

Said the American "cultural workers": "We want to share responsibility with you . . . Our enemies will see that our international solidarity for peace and democracy stands firm against their frantic writhing and thrashing. On this May Day we...

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