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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A voice roared: “Arbeitermoerder!” Murderers! A policeman had lost his footing on the stairs. Four, five seamen were on top of him, hitting, kicking, robbing him of his truncheon and pistol. In the yard a young policeman ran to the ...
... tons of iron banging upward through the chain locker and I would be smashed to shreds in the darkness below. A clear voice rang above me: “All clear anchor! “ Faintly, a rumbling voice came from the bridge—“Fortyfive fathoms.
“So come,” she urged, and her voice sagged into a plaintive wail as she continued: “I need a man. I'm so goddam alone. I have not slept with a man for ages.” “I like you, but I can't.” “Listen, I'm good in bed.
From the roof of a tenement a hundred yards away came a ringing voice. “Don't give up. Hang on!” the voice shouted. “Reinforcements are on the way.” Communists were marching into Hamburg from all outlying communities. Then.
“That is correct,” interrupted Ryatt, who spoke in a harsh, staccato voice. “We must stay with the masses, bind ourselves to them, never act in isolation from the masses —except in conspirative tasks!” All this I comprehended and ...
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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