Arkadij Maslow: Dissident Against His Will (1891-1941)
In the GDR he was considered a renegade of communism, in the West he was mentioned at best in connection with his partner Ruth Fischer: Arkadij Maksimovich Maslow (1891-1941), born as Isaac Yefimovich Chemerinsky in Yelisavetgrad in the Ukraine. Ruth Fischer and Arkadij Maslow briefly led the Communist Party of Germany, the KPD, and swore it to submission to Moscow. After this duty was accomplished they were removed from the KPD leadership in fall 1925 and expelled from the party a year later. Henceforth they both lived as communist outsiders – persecuted by both Hitler and Stalin. Maslow escaped to Cuba via France and Portugal and was murdered in Havana in November 1941. He died as a communist dissident committed to the cause of a radical-socialist labor movement that lay in ruins.
The book manuscript (276 pp.) was finished in September 2019.
Prof. Dr. Mario Keßler
Leibniz Centre for Contemporary History
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