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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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Preempting the Peace

Preempting the Peace

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(p.193) Chapter 11 Preempting the Peace
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The Red Millionaire
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Sean McMeekin

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300098471.003.0012

This chapter describes the IAH and how Munzenberg carved out a viable but vehemently contested niche for the organization in the communist world. Whenever humanitarian crises arose, the IAH would lay formal claim to any revenues raised by Comintern member parties in the name of the disaster victims, whether or not the parties actually turned this money over to Munzenberg. This questionable model of fundraising by wishful thinking was painfully exposed in the Volga funds embezzlement controversy and the turf war with MOPR. It reached absurd apogees in the phantom “Japanese earthquake survivors,” “Chinese flood victims,” and “English miners' strike” campaigns of 1923, 1925, and 1926, respectively. Practically no money was raised for the first two causes, and the third campaign came to a halt when the English Communist Party forbade the IAH outright to raise money in England.

Keywords:   communist world, IAH, humanitarian crises, Comintern member parties, fundraising, Volga funds embezzlement, MOPR

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