On August 20, 1940, Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky was attacked in his home in Coyoacán, Mexico. Trotsky was accosted in his study, where he was reading reports of the Battle of Britain in the newspaper. His attacker, Ramon Mercader, bludgeoned Trotsky in the head with an ice axe; Trotsky died in a nearby hospital twenty-six hours later.
Adding to our extensive collection of Trotsky’s papers, we have recently acquired the copy of Ultimas Noticias de Excelsior that Trotsky was purportedly reading when he was attacked. The newspaper, spattered with blood, was retrieved by one of Trotsky’s guards, Henry Schnautz.
Images of the newspaper can be seen after the jump.
*2012M-1. Henry Schnautz material concerning Leon Trotsky, 1940. Gift of Donna Miller, 2012.
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