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The Red Millionaire: A Political Biography of Willy Munzenberg, Moscow's Secret Propaganda Tsar in the West

Sean McMeekin


Willi Munzenberg—an Old Bolshevik who was also a self-promoting tycoon—became one of the most influential Communist operatives in Europe between the World Wars. He created a variety of front groups that recruited well-known political and cultural figures to work on behalf of the Soviet Union and its causes, and ran an international media empire which churned out enormous amounts of propaganda and raised money for Communist concerns. This book tells his story, arguing that his financial chicanery and cynical propaganda efforts weakened the non-Communist left, enraged the right, and helped feed ... More

Keywords: Willi Munzenberg, Bolshevik, tycoon, Communist operatives, front groups, Soviet Union, international media empire, propaganda, non-Communist left, Nazism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2003 Print ISBN-13: 9780300098471
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300098471.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean McMeekin, author