Out of the Night
Pickle Partners Publishing, 2020 M01 30 - 724 pages
A bestseller in 1941, selected by the Book of the Month Club for a special edition and described by Book of the Month Club News as: “...full of sensational revelations and interspersed with episodes of daring, of desperate conflict, of torture, and of ruthless conspiracy...It is, first of all, an autobiography the like of which has seldom been.” The son of a seafaring father, Richard Julius Herman Krebs, a.k.a. Jan Valtin, came of age as a bicycle messenger during a maritime rebellion. His life as an intimate insider account of the dramatic events of 1920’s and 1930s, where he rose both within the ranks of the Communist Party and on the Gestapo hit list. Known for his honesty and incredible memory, Krebs dedicated his life to the Communist Party, rising to a position as head of maritime, organizing worldwide for the Comintern, only to flee the Party and Europe to evade his own comrade’s attempts to kill him. As a professional revolutionary, agitator, spy and would-be assassin, Krebs traveled the globe from Germany to China, India to Sierra Leon, Moscow to the United States where a botched assassination attempt landed him a stint in San Quentin. From his spellbinding account of artful deception to gain release from a Nazi prison and his work as a double-agent within the Gestapo, to his vivid depiction of a Communist Party fraught with intrigue and subterfuge, Krebs gives an unflinching portrayal of the internal machinations of both parties.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS 4 Book One — THEY CALLED IT DAWN 5 Chapter One — LUMPENHUND 5 Chapter Two — SAILOR'S WAY 16 Chapter Three — I STRIKE OUT 29 Chapter Four — SMUGGLING FOR THE COMINTERN 39 Chapter Five — “DID YOU EVER KILLA MAN?
Chapter Twenty-five — SCANDINAVIAN INTERLUDE 283 Book Three — THE NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES 295 Chapter Twenty-six — STORM SIGNALS 295 Chapter Twenty-seven — IN THE HURRICANE 307 Chapter Twenty-eight — DEAD MEN ON FURLOUGH 320 Chapter ...
Five hundred and eighty mutineers from the Thüringen and the Helgoland, among them my father, were arrested and jammed into cells in the ships. At home we spent two dreary nights. My mother prayed. The younger children shivered in their ...
With five other boys I was ordered to proceed to the central savings bank on Kaiser Street. We were to serve as dispatch riders between the bank and the Weser Shipyards in the west. Three of our courier group deserted at once.
All he could report was jungle all around, a few hills, and steamers passing in the Canal. The passing steamers looked as if they were threading their way through the treetops. After walking in circles for four or five hours, we.
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Book Two THE DANCE OF DARKNESS 141
Book Three THE NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES 295