Out of the Night

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Kessinger Publishing, 1 avr. 2005 - 756 pages
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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.Writing at age 36 under the name Jan Valtin, Krebs lays bare a young life filled with idealism and devotion-disillusionment and loss-in a world full of revolutionary promise gone immeasurably wrong."An exciting, real book withouta trace of unnecessary melodrama."-H.G.Wells

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Review: Out of the Night: The Memoir of Richard Julius Herman Krebs alias Jan Valtin

Avis d'utilisateur  - Gerald Ocker - Goodreads

1. This is one of the few stunning and amazing books that I would recommend to anyone. 2. This biography of German Communist between WWI and WWII will teach you more about humanity and evil and ... Consulter l'avis complet

Review: Out of the Night: The Memoir of Richard Julius Herman Krebs alias Jan Valtin

Avis d'utilisateur  - Luke Winders - Goodreads

Having checked out a hefty 1941 edition from the library, I really felt connected to the fascinating period of history recounted in this book. Valtin/Krebs tells in great detail of his life in the ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Encyclopedia of the Third Reich
Louis L. Snyder
Aucun aperçu disponible - 1997
The Murder of Christ
Wilhelm Reich
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The son of a merchant marine, Richard Julius Herman Krebs a.ka. Jan Valtin came of age in during a maritime rebellion and soon joined the German Communist Party working as a professional revolutionary. His life intimately tied with the dramatic events of 1920's and 30's Germany where he rose in ranks in the Communist party and on the Gestapo hit list. After tricking the Nazi's to gain release from prison and fleeing his own former comrades attempts to have him killed, Krebs spent his final years in the United States were he published his amazing autobiography.

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