Peking July 10, 1950
I am sending you herewith a short letter from President Ho Chi Minh (Din) and a new song “The Stalin Hill”.
I wish you a very happy summer holiday’.
Sincerely yours,<> [Signed]
Mount STALIN is located in the upper region of North Vietnam.
Here is its story:
Aparty cadre conference was to meet, the fifth one. To avoid espionage and bombardment by the French colonialists, the organizers had chosen, as a meeting place, one of the high mountains, almost impenetrable and, in any case, never penetrated before.
At this place, well-protected by nature, volunteer worker comrades had built a small town, small villas with radio, electricity and running water (words in Vietnamese).
On the appointed date, August 8, 1948, a hundred active militants arrived, men and women, young and old, with a rucksack on their back and a notebook in their pocket. All had crossed mountains and streams, jungles and rivers to get there. Some of them had walked for 5 or 6 months and had crossed several enemy lines to attend the conference. Those were the activists coming from the South and from overseas.
All were amazed to find this little, new and almost luxurious city in this wild and picturesque environment, surrounded by lush vegetation and a grandiose landscape.
All agreed that this was the best organized conference in years.
The entire agenda is summarized under the heading:
“We are fighting for independence and democracy”
The main issues discussed were:
– The international movement for democracy and for independence.
– Indochina and New Democracy.
– Our struggle for national independence and our immediate tasks.
– The National United front.
– The unification of the Viet Minh and the Lien-Viet (the Viet-Minh being the former national front, and the Lien-Viet, the new enlarged national front, having the Viet Minh as centre, and made of about 12 million members).
– Internal affairs of the party organization, internal democracy, education of members, discipline, policy on cadres, reform of the work system, criticism and self-criticism, etc.
Towards the end of the conference, a delegate proposed to name the place “MOUNT STALIN” in recognition of the beloved leader of the world proletariat. The proposal was greeted by a storm of applause and endless “Hurrah!” Inspired, comrades Xuan-Oanh and Ngoc-My composed on the spot the words and the music of the song “MOUNT STALIN”. Here is its translation:<> Here are proletarians,
Source: RGASPI, Fond 17, Opis 137, Delo 425, LL. 95-98.
Translated from the French by Antonio Artuso.
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