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




      Out of the Night: The Memoir of Richard Julius Herman Krebs alias Jan Valtin
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 Read Out of the Night: The Memoir of Richard Julius Herman Krebs alias Jan Valtin – 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 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: The Memoir of Richard Julius Herman Krebs alias Jan Valtin
  • Jan Valtin
  • English
  • 05 June 2019
  • 1902593863

10 thoughts on “ Out of the Night: The Memoir of Richard Julius Herman Krebs alias Jan Valtin

  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 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...

  2. 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 ...

  3. 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 stud...

  4. 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 Ger...

  5. Human Neglect says:

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

  6. Electric says:

    Detailreiche politische Memoiren eines beinahe lebenslangen Kommunisten, lebensnahe und eindringliche Beschreibung seiner T tigkeit als Saboteur, Spitzel, Stra enk mpfer, Matrose, Gewerkschafter und Revolution r und ein sehr pers nlicher Bericht ber die Degeneration der kommunistischen Bewegung unter Stalins Clique Zum Zeitpunkt des Erscheinens nat rlich antikommunistischer Sprengstoff, heute eher Dokument des oftmals unbekannten kommunistischen Kampfes aus einer gr tenteils sehr Detailreiche politische Memoiren eines beinahe lebenslangen Kommunisten, lebensnahe und eindringliche Beschreibung seiner T tigkeit als Saboteur, Spitzel, Stra enk mpfer, Matrose, Gewerkschafter und Revolution r und ein sehr pers nlicher Bericht ber die Degeneration der kommunistischen Bewegung unter ...

  7. 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 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 written quickly in a tattered notebook as my friends danced in a sweaty basement like idiots was one of the highlights of the last years of my life This book exposes the horror of the Communist International in a way only one deeply enmeshed in its apparatus could do It also details the life of a underground communist agitator in Nazi Germany with incredible insight, and the images of tort...

  8. Micah says:

    A young sailor and participant in the German revolution of 1918 1919 and the lesser known Hamburg uprising of October 1923 becomes an agent of the Comintern, rising to high level positions in the Maritime Division The sordidness of international communism is made painfully clear already in the 1920s it meant nothing but the foreign policy of a totalitarian Russian state Driven by belief in world revolution, Valtin crisscrosses the globe and takes part in endless advent...

  9. Ananda says:

    This is probably the most moving and fascinating book I have ever read Before even reaching the age of 34, Jan Valtin seems to to have lived 9 lives In his whirlwind accounts of stealthy international communist activism, the level of detail can sometimes feel tedious, but when it comes to describing horrific events witnessed and experienced, his understated tone is exac...

  10. María Concha says:

    Excelente documento acerca de una poca tumultuosa de poderosas ideolog as Su mayor m rito radica en la capacidad de juicio del autor para opinar sobre las circunstancias pol ticas que vivi.

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