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In Stalin's Secret Service: Memoirs of the First Soviet Master Spy to Defect (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 1. Oktober 2001

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  • Gebundene Ausgabe: 325 Seiten
  • Verlag: Enigma Books; Auflage: 1 (1. Oktober 2001)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 1929631030
  • ISBN-13: 978-1929631032
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 16,5 x 3,8 x 24,1 cm
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In Stalin's Secret Service first appeared as a series of articles in The Saturday Evening Post in the spring and summer of 1939, and from the outset it was a controversial and momentous literary event, which revealed the inner workings of Stalin's police methods and secret policies. Many OGPU operations are described here for the first time by someone who was a key participant and in many cases an organizer.

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Walter G. Krivistky was the pseudonym of Samuel Ginsberg was born in the Western Ukraine and spoke 6 languages. He joined the Bolshevik party and became part of the Cheka and later the GPU and NKVD based in The Hague in the Netherlands. During the great purges of 1937 he defected and arrived in the United States in 1938 with his wife and child. He wrote a series of articles published in the Saturday Evening Post in 1939-1940 that became the material for this book. Krivitsky was extensively debriefed by MI5 in London where he nearly unmasked Kim Philby and Donald Maclean. In February 1941 he was found dead in a hotel in Washington DC.
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Von Ein Kunde am 11. März 2001
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Ich habe Krivitskys Buch in der Originalfassung von 1939 gelesen. Ich fand es gut und leicht lesbar geschrieben. Es gab mir ein gutes Bild von der Zeit und Arbeitsweise der Vasallen Stalins, auch wenn die Darstellungen vielleicht nicht so systematisch sind, wie wir das heute machen wuerden. In der Literatur von vor 1989 findet man gelegentlich Zweifel an Krivitsky's Aeusserungen; er habe nach dem Ueberlaufen zur westlichen Seite den Amerikanern nach dem Munde reden wollen. Die neuesten Erkenntnisse haben aber bereits schon manche Aeusserungen Krivitsky's bestaetigt, so dass das Buch immer mehr an Glaubwuerdigkeit gewonnen hat. Krivitsky ist mir durch das Buch so nahe gekommen, dass ich ihm in meinem Drehbuch ueber einen Spionage-Fall der Zeit eine Rolle gegeben habe.
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The First and the Best 20. November 2001
Von Raymond W. Leonard - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Walter Krivitsky served most of his career not in the OGPU/NKVD but in the Red Army Intelligence directorate, known during most of his tenure there as the "Fourth Department" (i.e., Fourth Departmnent of the Red Army Staff). He only came to the OGPU in the late 1930s, during Stalin's purge of the Red Army. Shortly thereafter, he defected to the West, where he was ignored by British and American counterintelligence until he wrote a series of articles on Stalin's foreign policy in 1938 for the Saturday Evening Post in which he predicted that Stalin and Hitler would negotiate some sort of alliance (this is still when Stalin appeared to much of the world as the leader of the anti-Fascist forces of the "Popular Front"). After that, "experts" in London and Washington finally got around to de-briefing him, and he even testified before the U.S. Congress before his mysterious death. No one really undersood what he had to say, however, and even today there are many (including scholars) who fail to comprehend the diference between Red Army intelligence and the secret state police. Krivistky's information should have been a "wake-up" call for western counterintelligence. Among other things, in the course of his debriefings he provided clues about an OGPU ring in Cambridge (the Blunt-Philby network--in fact, acting on the suspicion that he had tipped MI5 about their most valuable asset in the UK, the NKVD actually launched a full-scale investigation of Krivitsky in 1943--three years after his death!--whom they described as "the traiter from Red Army intelligence"), and offered comprehensive details about Fourth Department and OGPU operations in the U.S., including info. about a Fourth Dept. network with access to the State Department which later was corroborated by Elizbeth Bentley and Whittaker Chambers.
Krivitsky got his start in the Comintern and was involved in a wide range of espionage and subversion. The previous reviewer is simply incorrect about this. A careful reading of his memoirs reveals fascinating details about Soviet intelligence operations throughout Europe, including attempts to topple governments in Germany, Bulgaria, and Estonia through outright insurrection. Krivitsky also relates insider information about early Soviet signals intelligence, and top-secret details about Japanese intentions in the Far East. He was privy to Stalin's reaction to Hitler's purge of the SA. Krivitsky offers insights into a wide range of additional topics, including the role of Comintern and Red Army intelligence operatives in the Russian Civil War and war with Poland; the organizational development of Red Army intelligence; key personalities like Yan Berzin and Otto Kuussinen; the infighting between Red Army intelligence and the secret police (Cheka-OGPU-NKVD); the struggle for control of the CPSU leadership after Lenin's death; the role of Soviet intelligence in the Spanish Civil War; the origins of the purges; and even the value of American passports for covert operations.
Krivitsky remains to date the highest ranked publically indentified GRU (as Soviet/Russian military intelligence is known today)defector in history, and he was also one of the first. His insights and details have been confirmed by dozens of other accounts and sources down through the decades.
Familiarity with the historical context of his work enhances its value, but anyone with an interest in Soviet espionage (which in the case of the Soviet Union is inseparable from issues of state policy and politics--indeed, the more "sensational" works which focus exclusively on "spy stories" inevitably miss the larger point) should find Krivitsky's memoirs provocative, entertaining and rewarding.
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Little espionage, lots of Stalin 19. Januar 2001
Von "m_peror07" - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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The blurb on the dustjacket would have you believe this is a book about Soviet espionage. Not so. Krivitsky was a spy who worked for the OGPU, but the little he mentions of his job is just to prove a point. Partly it is about Krivitsky's experience during the Great Terror, and what happened to friends and associates. Mostly it is kind of a warning to America that the Soviet Union wasn't the Socialist paradise it seemed. This book was originally published in 1941, and 2 years before it was serialized in the Saturday Evening Post, so the style of the articles smacks more of "current affairs" than a memoir. It was meant as more of a wake up call to Americans who thought that the Soviets were always enemies of Hitler (not true when he wrote it), helped the republicans in Spain, and that the Great Terror was just propaganda.
So, if you liked Robert Conquest's The Great Terror or are interested in Stalinist Russia I would recommend this book to you. If you were like me and are interested in something of a more espionage bent, look elsewhere.
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Killed in Washington 21. Juli 2003
Von Dennis Dewall - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Krivitsky's book is an intelligence classic and Raymond W. Leonard wrote a perfect and most comprehensive review, not missing any detail.
Maybe, except one or two. Krivitsky warned many times that the NKVD agents were after him and was still neglected by the FBI who did not stir a finger to protect him. The Bureau oficially refused to conduct an investigation after he was shot at the Bellevue Hotel in Washington and only secretly J.Edgar Hoover gave orders to his agents to look into the matter. That was one of the most shameful cases in his career. Then followed Dusko Popov and Peter Popov.
Concerning "the highest ranked publicly identified GRU", as Mr Leonard notes, Isaac Don Levine, who was ghostwriting Krivitsky's book, dramatically exaggerated his rank: in fact, he was Senior Lieutenant of State Security, which was equal to the Red Army Captain. To date, the highest ranked GRU defector is probably Lt.Col. Alexander Krapiva, who defected in Vienna in 1991. Among those, who worked as agents in place, there were, of course, Oleg Penkovsky and Gen.Polyakov, both GRU.
Again, I want to stress, that the review of Mr Raymond W. Leonard is most brilliant and knowledgeable.
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Required Reading for Communist Deniers. 2. Juli 2004
Von Bernard Chapin - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If I could I'd see every person who laments "US Triumphalism" regarding The Cold War be forced to read Krivitsky's memoir of his years in the GRU (Soviet Military Intelligence). Those who believe that America was too worried about communism in the thirties and forties would be wise to examine "In Stalin's Secret Service" for they'll discover that our intelligence bureaus were clueless as to the threat around us. They denied that there even was such a thing as Krivitsky's position in USSR. Krivitsky used to see NKVD agents walking around New York City and our authorities were none the wiser. Once you're finished with this tale, you'll have new sympathy for Whittaker Chambers who said after he left the communists that he "had exchanged being on the winning side for being on the losing side." With as rife as we were with communist spies in the middle part of the twentieth century, its a miracle that we won any wars. As a bonus, the spy stories are first rate.
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One of the West's First Glimpses of Stalin's Tyranny from a Man Who Narrowly Escaped It. 9. Februar 2010
Von mirasreviews - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Walter Krivitsky (né Samuel Ginsberg) was an agent of the Soviet Secret Service or OGPU (formerly Cheka, later incorporated into NKVD, then the KGB) in Europe in the 1930s who lived in The Hague, Netherlands under the assumed identity of an Austrian art dealer. A Bolshevik and loyal communist for 20 years, Krivitsky sought asylum in France in 1937 and defected to the West. Disillusioned by the death of a friend at the hands of his own organization and by what had become of communist Russia under Stalin, Krivitsky spent the rest of his life in France, Great Britain, and the United States, trying to spread the word about the evils of Stalinism. This was at a time when those nations were gearing for war with Germany and needed the Soviet Union as an ally, so his horror stories were not met with enthusiasm.

"In Stalin's Secret Service" was originally published as a series of articles in "The Saturday Evening Post". It was co-written with journalist Isaac Don Levine, who seems to have punched it up a bit for a popular readership. He has Krivitsky claim to have been the Chief of Soviet Military Intelligence in Western Europe, when he had actually been a Senior Lieutenant of the Red Army and later a Captain of State Security with NKVD. Because it is not really Krivitsky's voice, and it is political propaganda, I am not sure how much of "In Stalin's Secret Service" to take literally. It is essentially a lengthy indictment of Stalin's domestic policies, especially the "purge" of the revolutionary generation, and of his foreign policies vis a vis Spain and Nazi Germany.

Krivitsky recalls some of his work with Comintern in the 1920s, supporting communist governments and revolutions abroad. He dedicates a chapter to Stalin's program to counterfeit US dollars. On the foreign front, he criticizes Stalin's appeasement of Nazi Germany (while Germany persecuted communists) and his pretense of neutrality in the Spanish Civil War. But Krivitsky returns time and time again to Stalin's policies of persecution and execution of Bolsheviks, loyal communists, and even loyal Stalinists, dedicating several chapters to aspects of the 1937-1938 Great Purge, carried out by the NKVD under Nikolai Yezhov. He offers his view of why Stalin executed 9 marshals and generals of the Red Army in 1937 and of why so many citizens were accused of and confessed to being "guilty" of something.

Krivitsky's stories of what went on during the purge ("The Soviet government became one gigantic madhouse") ring true in light of what we later learned about that period in the Soviet Union. Krivitisky is a committed socialist who never abandoned his dedication to the cause, so he tends to hold back any information that might jeopardize his former colleagues. He hates Stalin, not communism. His view of Stalin's foreign policies are politically naïve. Stalin was not enough of an ideologue in dealing with Spain and Germany for Krivitsky's taste. Stalin's foreign policies tended to be like those of any nation striving to protect its borders and strengthen its geopolitical position. So Krivitsky condemns Stalin for being normal on one hand (foreign) and for being a lunatic on the other (domestically). There is irony there.
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