|Ho Chi Minh (Nguyen Tat Thanh), 1890-1969.|
Ho Chi Minh —
The path which led me to Leninism
Published in April 1960 in a Soviet journal entitled Problems of the East.
Selected Works, vol. 4 (Hanoi: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1962).
After World War I, I made my living in Paris, now as a retoucher at a photographer’s, now as painter of “Chinese antiquities” (made in France!). I would distribute leaflets denouncing the crimes committed by the French colonialists in Viet Nam.
At that time, I supported the October Revolution only instinctively, not yet grasping all its historic importance. I loved and admired Lenin because he was a great patriot who liberated his compatriots; until then, I had read none of his books.