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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With the sons of other rebellious workers I sat in secret cellar gatherings and sang: Death to hangmen, kings and traitors, Give the masses bread! Forward! 'Tis the people's slogan: Free we'll be—or dead. In September, 1918, when I was ...
The officer snapped: “I know all about your broken bags. You fellows rip open the bags with your hooks. Come on, now.” He took the worker by the sleeve to lead him away. The worker tore himself free. “Give me back my flour,” he demanded ...
Give him his flour back.” “Nothing doing. Keep moving.” Other dockers joined the struggling group. The policemen drew their rubber truncheons, formed a skirmish line, drove the workers back from the wharf. A worker, young and lean, ...
“Please give us a place to sleep.” “I have only a small, cold room,” I explained. The woman's eyes lit up. “We can sleep on the floor,” she said. “We are thankful just to have a roof over the head.” I hesitated.
I can't give you a ship, I tell you.” “Listen! I'm a sailor. I'm a German. This is a German shipping office. I'm willing to work. Any ship. Anywhere.” “Aw, get out!” At this instant a broad-shouldered man with bronzed features, ...
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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 ... Read full review
Book Two THE DANCE OF DARKNESS 141
Book Three THE NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES 295