Challenged Works

Chapters from My Diary

By Leon Trotsky


1996—This title was selected for a reading given at the Harbourfront Reading Series (Toronto) to mark Freedom to Read Week, but the book could not be found in any Canadian public library. When former Conservative cabinet minister Ron Atkey could not find a copy in Canada, he arranged for a portion of the book to be faxed from the New York Public Library.

Objection—During the early years of the Cold War, the book appeared on Canada Customs’ prohibited list of books, probably because the author was a renowned Russian communist.

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