Born Jan. 25, 1871, in Wolfenbuttel; died February 1944. One of the leaders of the right wing of German social democracy, a revisionist. Journalist by profession.
From 1900 to 1918, Sudekum was a deputy to the Reichstag. During World War I he was a social chauvinist. Sudekum served as minister of finance of Prussia from November 1918 to March 1920, after which he took no part in politics. In a number of works V. I. Lenin stigmatized “Sudekumism,” noting that “the word ‘Sudekum’ has come to be used in a generic sense to denote a type of smug and unscrupulous opportunist and social chauvinist” (Poln. sobr. soch., 5th ed., vol. 26, p. 119).
REFERENCESLenin, V. I. “Russkie Ziudekumy.” Poln. sobr. soch., 5th ed., vol. 26.
Lenin, V. I. “Krakh II Internatsionala.”/fc/W., pp. 220, 238–39, 242 252–53, 262–63, 265.
Lenin, V. I. “Opportunizmi krakh II Internatsionala.”Ibid., vol. 27.
Lenin, V. I. “0 ‘Programme mira’.”Ibid.
Lenin, V. I. “Pis’mo k rabochim Evropy i Ameriki.”Ibid., vol. 37.