Arkadij Maslow: Dissident Against His Will (1891-1941)
In the GDR he was considered a renegade of communism, in the West he was, if at all, mentioned only in connection with his partner Ruth Fischer: Arkadij Maksimovich Maslow (1891-1941), born as Isaac Yefimovich Chemerinsky in Yelisavetgrad in the Ukraine. For a short time, Ruth Fischer and Arkadij Maslow led the Communist Party of Germany, the KPD, in order to submit it to Moscow. After they had done their duty they were removed from the KPD leadership in the fall of 1925 and expelled from the party a year later. From then on they lived the life of communist outsiders – persecuted by Hitler and by Stalin. Through France and Portugal, Maslow escaped to Cuba, where he was murdered. Committed to the cause of a radical-socialist labor movement that was in ruins, Maslow died as a militant anti-Stalinist.
Arkadij Maslov’s life reflects the ruptures and contradictions of at first a dogmatic, then a dissident communist in the 20th century. The planned book, which will be written in English, is the first biography
Prof. Dr. Mario Keßler
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