Graphic Witness: Hugo Gellert
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Hugo Gellert: Comrade Gulliver


AN account of the strange and amusing adventures of my ancestor, Lemuel Gulliver, provoked considerable scepticism during his time. He published a book at the beginning of the second quarter of the eighteenth century and the authenticity of certain parts of his narrative was questioned. I have deep sympathy for my great-great-great-grandfather in whose day the dangers and discomforts of travel had made it difficult for him to prove the truth of his assertions.

My own adventures in the United States of America are even more fantastic than the experiences of my forefather. The extraordinary peculiarities of the country, the amazing behavior of the people and the antics of the government, are far more eccentric and unaccountable than anything Lemuel Gulliver recorded -- despite his numerous voyages. Nevertheless in this age of the telephone, the radio and the printing press it can be easily ascertained, even by the most casually interested, that the contents of this work, the pictures and the words, unbelievable as they may seem, present the truth and nothing but the truth.


Moscow, September 1935



P. S. I wish to acknowledge great indebtedness and gratitude to Comrade Georges, an Hungarian exile in Moscow. He introduced me to the Comrade Artist and thereby contributed to the realization of this book.