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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Trade union officials who advised moderation were beaten up. By noon the wide reaches of the harbor resembled a battlefield. Communists reinforced by a few hundred strikers waged a hand to hand battle with seamen who refused to heed the ...
The G.P.U. ordered him to pack up and go to the Soviet Union. Bomos-Meyer refused. He was then denounced to the German police. He and ten of his collaborators were seized and sent to jail. The Party ordered me to take a sailor's berth ...
The death-list included a certain Wetzel, head of the communist unit in the textile workers' union; Police Commissioner Schlotter, in charge of the anti-communist drive in southern Germany, and others. But what proved to.
... communist maritime activities in all parts of the world for the Profintern—the Red International of Labor Unions. ... a lucrative position in the All-Russian Transport Union in Leningrad, but the Ukrainian had derisively refused.
“Bandura makes no difference between a fascist dictatorship and the dictatorship of the proletariat,” he went on. “Every government is tyranny in his eyes. In a war against the Soviet Union, he would refuse to campaign for Russia.
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Book Two THE DANCE OF DARKNESS 141
Book Three THE NIGHT OF LONG KNIVES 295