Out of the Night



Out of the Night 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 without a trace of unnecessary melodrama H.G.Wells New Read Out of the Night Author Jan Valtin For Kindle ePUB or eBook – bluevapours.co.uk

Jan Valtin was the alias of Richard Julius Hermann Krebs, a German writer during the interwar period He settled to the United States in 1938, and in 1940 as Valtin wrote his bestselling book Out of the Night.Krebs became active in the Communist movement as a boy, when his father was involved in the naval mutiny that heralded the German Revolution of 1918 19 In 1923, he saw action in the fail Jan Valtin was the alias of Richard Julius Hermann Krebs, a German writer during the interwar period He settled to the United States in 1938, and in 1940 as Valtin wrote his bestselling book Out of the Night.Krebs became active in the Communist movement as a boy, when his father was involved in the naval mutiny that heralded the German Revolution of 1918 19 In 1923, he saw action in the failed Communist insurgency in Hamburg Sometime after this he joined the German Communist Party, but was later expelled.In 1926, Krebs entered the United States illegally and settled in California He spent 38 months in San Quentin State Prison for attempting to murder a merchant navy seaman during a brawl, then was deported to Germany in 1929 He worked as a seaman until 1934, when he was arrested and tortured, and acted as a witness for prosecution in a trial that brought to the conviction of a fellow German seaman accused of treason.In 1938, Krebs settled in the United States once again this time under his most famous alias, Jan Valtin where he published the highly publicized autobiography Out of the Night In the book he described in detail the actions he supposedly had carried on as a secret agent of the Soviet GPU The 1926 attempted murder was described by Krebs Valtin as a GPU operation The book received great critical acclaim A 1940 review for the Saturday Review of Literature reads No other booksclearly reveals the aid which Stalin gave to Hitler before he won power As a result, he Valtin Krebs was invited to testify before the House Un American Activities Committee as regards Soviet secret activities in Europe.Valtin Krebs married again, before 1941, to Abigail Harris, an American In November 1942, Krebs was also indicted as a Gestapo agent He was arrested in December 1942 and found innocent in May 1943 The Los Angeles court record revealed that the 1926 crime had no political purpose This event marked the end of Krebs Valtin s career as a Soviet expert The New York Mirror said about his book Out of the Night In effect, the decision means he perpetrated a huge literary hoax In August 1943, Krebs was drafted as an infantryman and deployed in February 1944 to the Philippines in fighting the Japanese in the Pacific War In 1946, his book Children of Yesterday , an anecdotal history of the 24th Infantry Division was published, describing in graphic detail the horrors of the fighting and everyday life of the division s troops.He was granted U.S citizenship in 1947 and died in 1951

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  • Paperback
  • 720 pages
  • Out of the Night
  • Jan Valtin
  • English
  • 02 July 2018
  • 1902593863

10 thoughts on “Out of the Night

  1. Moxie Marlinspike says:

    As the newest addition to AK Press s Nabat series, I suspected that this would be an interesting book In fact, it is an absolutely amazing account of the world political scene in the 1920s and 1930s, in the form of a memoir of an organizer in the German Communist Party At heart, though, the book is an act of revenge an attempt to expose the Communist Party for its betrayal of the author and all of those who sacrificed themselves for the benefit of The Cause It is also one of the most incredi As the newest addition to AK Press s Nabat series, I suspected that this would be an interesting book In fact, it is an absolutely amazing account of the world political scene in the 1920s and 1930s, in the form of a memoir of an organizer in the German Communist Party At heart, though, the book is an act of revenge an attempt to expose the Communist Party for its betrayal of the author and all of those who sacrificed themselves for the benefit of The Cause It is also one of the most incredible adventure stories that I have ever read, detailing one man s quixotic attempt to do anything possible for the advancement of the Comunist Party while living with the mantra there s nothing a Bolshevik can t do This book is an excellent example of how powerful narrative history can be It is muchcompelling than abstract overviews of how many people Stalin murdered or how the Communis...

  2. Gerald Ocker says:

    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 youabout humanity and evil and politics than anything else i have read 3 I read this first at about 16 and I read it about every 10 years 4 I think this should be required reading in every high school college course on political science International studies etc 5 Not only is...

  3. Douglas says:

    This book, published in 1940, was a national best seller and generated a lot of sparks in the international communist world In summary they hated it and did what they could to discredit Valtin calling him everything from a Nazi collaborator and turncoat he had become a member of the Gestapo to escape a Nazi jail to a fabulist who made everything up One goodreads member concludes Valtin s work is an act of revenge Many people especially those coming of age after the Cold War have probably This book, published in 1940, was a national best seller and generated a lot of sparks in the international communist world In summary they hated it and did what they could to discredit Valtin calling him everything from a Nazi collaborator and turncoat he had become a member of the Gestapo to escape a Nazi jail to a fabulist who made everything up One goodreads member concludes Valtin s work is an act of revenge Many people especially those coming of age after the Cold Wa...

  4. Julian says:

    Sitting by the river in Machias, Maine, about as close to New Brunswick as you can get while still being in the U.S., I was reading Out of the Night and overcome with the sense that I needed to make it to Montreal post haste and write a song about Jan Valtin to perform at the second Band Off in Saint Henri I had only read the first 200 or so pages of this almost 700 page tomb at that point, but the episode involving the failed Hamburg uprising left its mark on my forever Screaming words writ Sitting by the river in Machias, Maine, about as close to New Brunswick as you can get while still being in the U.S., I was reading Out of the Night and overcome with the sense that I needed to make it to Montreal post haste and write a song about Jan Valtin to perform at the second Band Off in Saint Henri I had only read the fir...

  5. Matt says:

    now that you know this book exists, you have absolutely no excuse not to read it.

  6. Dr. Stanley says:

    This might be the best written and most thrilling autobiography by a revolutionary Jan Valtin, real name Krebs ever written I discovered it in the back of a closet when a teenager and read it several times since It s a huge 700 pages book which was a best seller in 1941 It describes the experience of a German Communist revolutionary from 1918 onwards his training in the Soviet Union his imprisonment in America his c...

  7. Rex Hurst says:

    A very detailed and interesting autobiography of Richard Kreb a well traveled man who had in his life worked for the communist, fascist, and capitalist causes the International Comitern the GPU, the Gestapo, and the American Army His life begins in in post World War I Germany during the 1920 s where there is political chaos, runaway inflation a loaf of bread costs 1,000,000 marks and massive unemployment The young Kreb follows in his father s footsteps becoming both a sailor and a c A very detailed and interesting autobiography of Richard Kreb a well traveled man who had in his life worked for the communist, fascist, and capitalist causes the International Comitern the GPU, the Gestapo, and the American Army His life begins in in post World War I Germany during the 1920 s where there is political chaos, runaway inflation a loaf of bread costs 1,000,000 marks and massive unemployment The young Kreb follows in his father s footsteps becoming both a sailor and a communist agitator Enthused by the idealism of the communist cause he participates in mu...

  8. Antonio Vena says:

    Storia del rivoluzionario Richard Krebs, da marinaio protagonista degli ammutinamenti contro il Kaiser nella prima guerra mondiale ad agente sovietico contro la Gestapo e poi contro gli stessi stalinisti Una miniera di informazioni sulla lotta tra comunist...

  9. Connor Brown says:

    Earned it s rating This is such a textured and detailed bit of history, largely free of telios, from a period and angle that is hardly visible in the shadows of the liberalism s narrative of the world wars and interwar period on the one hand and the Soviet Union s disavowal and ...

  10. Kenneth says:

    The memoirs of a sometime German Communist, an agent of the Communist International the Comintern until he became marked for being purged in Stalin s Great Terror of the 1930 s.

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