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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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The Red Millionaire

The Red Millionaire

(p.204) Chapter 12 The Red Millionaire
The Red Millionaire

Sean McMeekin

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Munzenberg's triumph at Brussels in 1927, at which point he moved permanently into a luxurious new apartment in one of Berlin's prestigious neighborhoods. His new place of residence was populated mainly by retired military officers and government officials. Although the apartment Munzenberg most often stayed in before 1927 was in the relatively unfashionable working-class northeastern Berlin suburb of Pankow, he did not live badly and even employed a full-time chauffeur. When in Moscow, he and his bohemian wife and collaborator Babette Gross stayed in the elegant Hotel Metropole, and usually flew back and forth between Berlin and Moscow at cut-market rates with Dereluft, a special Lufthansa subsidiary co-owned with the Soviet government, which was used by Comintern VIPs. While traveling on IAH business in Europe, Munzenberg and his entourage often stayed in the most expensive hotel in town—at the Comintern's expense.

Keywords:   Brussels, retired military officers, government officials, Pankow, bohemian, Babette Gross, Hotel Metropole

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