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WHY DID THEY CONFESS?

Socialism. How long will you and your kind continue to stir up trouble in the party?"
Rykov failed to find the proper answer to this stereotyped line from the Kremlin. He said something non-committal, and tried to lead the conversation on to another subject. It was clear that he was seeking to find a point of contact, to strike some note of understanding between him and the gathering. I joined the little group around him. There were many in the hall who would have liked to have a good talk with Rykov, but dared not. That would have marked one as an Oppositionist, an enemy of Stalin. The conversation did not catch on. Rykov, who had been leaning against the wall, was offered neither a chair nor a drink. He departed as he came, alone. He continued to hover in the shadows for several years until Stalin needed his blood. Then he came into the limelight with an obviously impossible "confession."
I can speak of the factor of physical torture from a first-hand report. I knew personally one prisoner who was kept standing during his examinations, with brief interruptions, for a total of fifty-five hours under glaring and blinding lights. This was perhaps the commonest form of the third degree.
I had occasion to discuss with a high official of the Ogpu the rumours current abroad that peculiar forms of torture were being secretly used to extort confessions. He remarked to me, after dismissing the reports as fantastic :
" Wouldn't you confess if you were kept standing on one foot for ten hours at a stretch?"
This method was practised upon Bela Kun, the head of the short-lived Soviet Republic of Hungary, who had sought refuge in Russia and become one of the leaders of the Comintern. This internationally

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