A Hellish Account of the Battle Between Lenin/Stalin’s Communists and Hitler for Control of Post WWI Germany
Now available in Kindle Edition.
I received the hardback version of this 747 page shocker as a gift from a friend. Given that it was a highly acclaimed American best-seller in 1941, I can only speculate as to why it’s not in print today. Out Of The Night is more than worthy of current Best-Seller status – and inclusion on the bibliographical menus of America’s major university political science/history curricula.
But, alas, forces unknown have apparently, by and through some Orwellian motivation, driven it from the presses into obscurity, and out of America’s consciousness.
A well-written autobiographical account of growing up in the abject destitution of post-World War I Germany, Out of the Night is a harrowing tale. Author Jan Valtin, whose real name was Richard Krebs, lived only 46 years. Considering the relentless stress under which he struggled during his brief lifetime, I can fully understand why he died at such a young age. Chronic malnutrition that is unimaginable to modern-day Americans, economic deprivations, deadly political street fighting between Nazis and Marxists, and the author’s astonishing journey upward through the machinery of the Lenin/Stalin-controlled German Communist Party, make this an enlightening, if terribly disturbing, read.
Valtin’s graphic revelations of the conniving machinations within Lenin’s German organization, the bloody violence of Germany’s communists versus Hitler’s Brown Shirts, the evolution of a newly born Gestapo into the world’s most feared police agency, and the effects of Stalin’s brutal, merciless, far-reaching purges during the 1930s give the reader a horrifying look into what was the epic battle for control of Germany – all of which was but the prelude to the earth-shaking events that eventually took the lives of some 55 million people in World War II.
Valtin’s description of his imprisonment and brutal torture by the Gestapo is not for the faint of heart. This is horrifying material, related by a man who survived through ordeals most Americans cannot imagine enduring.
We are living today with the terrible after-effects of this era. The reader’s takeaway is a certain realization that all of this could happen again – right here in the USA. To believe it’s not possible here is a foolish denial of history, a denial of human nature, and denial of the eternal existence of particular men obsessed with the insatiable quest for absolute power over others.
Think it can’t happen here? It can happen here. It is happening here.
Karl Marx’s legacy did not die when the Berlin Wall crashed down and the USSR collapsed. Get your hands on this book and read it. Then give it to someone else.