OTTO KATZ, LIBERAL ACTIVIST, INSPIRER OF the creation of HUNDREDS OF LIBERAL JOURNALS ACROSS PRE-WAR EUROPE, STAUNCH ANTI-FASCIST, ANTI-NAZI, Moscow trained KGB SUPER SPY, GURU, PROSLETYZER and ESCORT TO all the GLAM AND ICONIC HOLLYWOOD FILM STARS. INCLUDING MARLENE DIETRICH. How does his amazing tale end? HUNG BY super-AMNESIAC RUSKIS in PRAGUE in 1952.
Imagine a man who is a passionate (if not towering INTELLECT) political prosletyzer, movie star escort, guru and even lover to Hollywood's greatest Film stars, --a man who created by inspiring --a hundred different liberal, leftist magazines across pre-war Europe, who was taught the spy trade by Moscow, as he had entree into every city's Bohemia/ artistes/ film world. He was an early 'believer' in Lenin, Trotsky. Ironically and sadly STALIN WOULD one day HANG HIM. STAY OUT OF POLITICAL PARTIES. That's how they nail you, how Russia rewarded her true believers, cutting OTTO no slack for decades of loyalty back when Commies were a nobody. Damn those Russians are stoopid! This man singlehandedly proves that one must build ones work around specific ISSUES, and never join parties and participate in spy intrigue. Parties come, parties GO --ditto CIA/ NSA/ KGB. Affiliations can hem you IN so much. Garbo, Dietrich and best of all, LILLIAN HELLMAN saw that he was historic. Rent her play/film "WATCH ON THE RHINE" with Bette Davis, as that's him there. THE ACTOR PLAYS HIM. It's rumored that Victor Lazlo in CASABLANCA was also him. If the glove fits, you can't acquit!
BIOGRAPHICAL NOTES FROM an online AD FOR a NYC LECTURE on the guy, from EARLIER THIS YR --A public lecture sponsored by the Czechoslovak Society of Arts and Sciences.
“From Hollywood to the Gallows: The Persecution and Assassination of Otto Katz”
Prof. Anson Rabinbach, Princeton University
Professor Rabinbach will present a lecture on Otto Katz (also known as
Andre Simone), an enigmatic Czech-German communist hanged along with
eleven other defendants in the notorious Slansky trial in 1952. Katz was
what might be called a quintessentially Habsburg Jewish Communist:
self-educated, worldly, and fluent in five languages, with no “national”
identity apart from his German mother tongue and his Austrian and later,
Czech citizenship. Katz spent much of the 1920s in Moscow, and when he
returned to Paris in 1932 he was the experienced right-hand-man of Willi
Münzenberg, the Comintern’s “cultural impresario of genius” in the
Western European Communist movement. He was a key figure in
orchestrating the international campaigns of the 1920s, including the
International Worker’s Aid (IAH), the Sacco-Vanzetti case, and efforts
to secure justice for the Scottsboro Boys, eight African-Americans
convicted of rape in Alabama in 1931. In 1933, Katz was responsible for
Münzenberg’s most ambitious campaign of the early Nazi years, centering
on the Reichstag Fire and the ultimately successful effort to free the
four Communists on trial in Germany for conspiracy to commit arson. With
Fritz Lang and Dorothy Parker on the masthead, in 1936 Katz founded the
Hollywood League Against Nazism, whose prominent members included Eddie
Cantor, Charlie Chaplin, Oscar Hammerstein III, Edward G. Robinson,
Donald Ogden Stewart, Boris Karloff, and Marlene Dietrich. In 1946,
after almost six years in Mexican exile, Katz was called back to Prague
to work as a journalist where he eventually became foreign affairs
commentator for the Czech Communist Party daily. In June 1952, Katz was
arrested and accused of high treason, espionage, sabotage and military
treason, and was convicted and sentenced to death.
NOBODY SHOULD TURN THEIR BACK ON STALIN! (sigh!)
Anson Rabinbach is professor of modern European history and Director of
the Program in European Cultural Studies at Princeton University. He is
the author of The Crisis of Austrian Socialism (1983), The Human Motor
(1990) and In the Shadow of Catastrophe: German Intellectuals Between
Apocalypse and Enlightenment (1997). He is editor and co-founder of New
German Critique: An Interdisciplinary Journal of German Studies.
AND now for the fascinating stuff:
this one's a wow. Stuff u never knew about garbo/ dietrich. TAB TIME!
EMAIL just came in. What the hell are you? Commie, socialist? Democrat?
You're admiring a COMMUNIST fergawdsakes?
POSTER'S RESPONSE: I don't JOIN! I haven't joined political parties nor
do I have any affiliations at all! I try to examine all the schools of thought for
items of value SEE http://www.luckinlove.com/POLITPHIL.htm
THIS WEBSITE BELOW seems to have been CUT OFF by my SERVER.
Have no idea how. The TOP ONE of the two may work. RELOADING the
bottom one doesn't make it 'come up.
So Meanwhile, we have to learn about THE CIA/ NSA/ HACKING all WEB
TRICKS and grow brains! For that, I recommend spiritual new age groups
and yoga classes and EST type movements where they're not-for-extreme-profit
to tone the body and mind. Gurdgieffian stuff. BUT this guy OTTO
KATZ gets my vote. He sensed that fascism was afoot, nazis, Mussolini,
Franco --and he put his entire life on the line. he seemed NOT to have written
but to have been a man of action who inspired those who wrote, those who
influenced history. Movie Stars included. I'm not clear on what he did in
Prague that got him tried and hung but we know STALIN controlled all back
then and was insane. So, skirt organized groups as they all have the
seeds of their own destruction IN THEM. Instead, FORM a socializing potluck party kind of
fun but serious group and DEAL WITH ISSUES ONLY. TEACHING YOUNGSTERS what the
real ISSUES ARE. Those types of parties are 'spot on target' -- FUN, bond-producing and
you can do miracles with them as activists. http://www.masterjules.net/healingroup.htm
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