Alan Woods' speaking tour of Austria - a great success

From the fourth to the twelfth of April, shortly after returning from an outstanding congress of the Pakistan Marxists, Alan Woods was in Austria on a speaking tour, organised by the Austrian Marxist newspaper, Der Funke ("The Spark"). The tour, which was partly taken up by anti-war meetings and partly to present the German language edition of Reason in Revolt, was a great success. From the fourth to the twelfth of April, shortly after returning from an outstanding congress of the Pakistan Marxists, Alan Woods was in Austria on a speaking tour, organised by the Austrian Marxist newspaper, Der Funke ("The Spark"). The tour, which was partly taken up by anti-war meetings and partly to present the German language edition of Reason in Revolt, was a great success.


German Edition
of Reason in Revolt

A total of up to 500 workers and youth attended Alan's meetings in Vienna, Innsbruck, Linz and Graz. In every meeting there was tremendous enthusiasm for the ideas of Marxism. In Vienna, apart from the main public meeting, attended by over 100 people, he spoke at a meeting of school students, another of trade union activists and a one-day school organised by the Young Socialists. At the YS School, Alan spoke twice - once on Marxism and the USA and the second time in a debate with the President of the Austrian Young Socialists on "Which way forward?"

The meeting in Graz was organised by the Communist Students, and the very enthusiastic meeting of over 100 youth in Innsbruck by the independent left wing youth organisation, the AKL. In Linz, there were also over 100 people at the public meeting. In addition, Alan was interviewed on the radio and Reason in Revolt was reviewed in the main local newspaper. During the week the comrades sold a lot of literature, including almost 40 copies of Reason in Revolt, and many new people were attracted to the ideas of Marxism, Der Funke and In Defence of Marxism.

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