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The Red MillionaireA Political Biography of Willy Munzenberg, Moscow's Secret Propaganda Tsar in the West$
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Sean McMeekin

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300098471

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300098471.001.0001

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Follow the Money

Follow the Money

(p.163) Chapter 9 Follow the Money
The Red Millionaire

Sean McMeekin

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses the antifascist initiative and the new German “famine relief” drive, which did much to improve Munzenberg's political standing in the KPD, but which did not promise to ease ongoing tensions between the International Worker Relief and other national Communist parties. The pointblank refusal by the French to join the German hunger campaign escalated still further a war Munzenberg was already waging with his enemies over control of Comintern cash flow, which was beginning to dry up now that the Bolsheviks had blown so much of the looted wealth of Imperial Russia on the botched German adventures of 1919, 1921, and 1923. According to him, so desperate for funds were the leaders of the American Communist Party that by late 1923 they deputized a party member who also worked for the FSR to lift twenty-five thousand dollars directly from the safe in the FSR's office.

Keywords:   antifascist initiative, famine relief drive, political standing, KPD, International Worker Relief, national Communist parties, Comintern cash flow

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