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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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A Paris Exile

A Paris Exile

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(p.295) Chapter 16 A Paris Exile
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The Red Millionaire
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Sean McMeekin

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DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300098471.003.0017

This chapter discusses the situation faced by Munzenberg as a war erupted in Europe in 1938. Although he had no illusions about Hitler's plans for a war of conquest, Munzenberg no longer knew on whom he could rely politically to oppose Hitler's advance. He still believed that Dimitrov and Stalin would come around to his point of view and build a true anti-Hitler coalition for seizing power in Germany—and he still wanted this coalition to be led by Communists. Although he knew his life was in mortal danger due to NKVD surveillance of his movements, Munzenberg steadfastly refused to break his ties to Moscow, and even sent a telegram to ECCI, indicating that he was ready to travel to Russia “at once,” so long as he would be allowed to return to Paris by the end of the month. This was a bluff, and as always, Munzenberg had ready-made excuses to explain his continued refusal to report to Moscow.

Keywords:   war of conquest, Hitler, Dimitrov, Stalin, anti-Hitler coalition, Communists

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