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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