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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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Germany Red or Black

Germany Red or Black

(p.144) Chapter 8 Germany Red or Black
The Red Millionaire

Sean McMeekin

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Munzenberg's attitude toward German political affairs after his arrest in Stuttgart during the Spartacist uprising of 1919. He remained largely aloof from German political affairs, and like most Communists in Berlin, had been caught off guard by the right-wing Kapp Putsch in March 1920, playing no role in the general strike that overthrew the short-lived regime. While Munzenberg was trying to keep the Youth International in Berlin, the following year marked Germany's history as the year when the Communist-led uprising known as the “March action” struck like a thunderclap. He did not participate in the spiteful debate over tactics that engulfed the KPD after the unsuccessful March action, and, after 1921, was far too wrapped up in the Russian operations of the IAH to pay close attention to political developments in Germany.

Keywords:   German political affairs, Spartacist uprising, Communists, Kapp Putsch, Youth International, March action, KPD, IAH

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