A Political Family: The Kuczynskis, Fascism, Espionage and The Cold War

A Political Family: The Kuczynskis, Fascism, Espionage and The Cold War

by John Green

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The Kuczynskis were a German-Jewish family of active anti-fascists who worked assiduously to combat the rise of Nazism before and during the course of the Second World War. This book focuses on the family of Robert and his wife Berta – both born two decades before the end of the nineteenth century – and their six children, five of whom became communists and one who worked as a Soviet agent. The parents, and later their children, rejected and rebelled against their comfortable bourgeois heritage and devoted their lives to the overthrow of privilege and class society. They chose to do this in a Germany that was rapidly moving in the opposite direction.

With the rise of German nationalism and then Hitler fascism, the family was confronted with stark choices and, as a result of making these choices, suffered persecution and exile. Revealing how these experiences shaped their outlook and perception of events, this book documents the story of the Kuczynskis for the first time in the English language and is a fascinating biographical portrait of a unique and radical family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781315304410
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 03/27/2017
Series: Routledge Studies in Radical History and Politics
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 356
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

John Green is a journalist and author who has written several political biographies. His particular area of interest is the history of East Germany.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: who are the Kuczynskis?
  2. Robert René – world pioneer of social statistics
  3. Jürgen follows in his father’s footsteps
  4. Ursula – the politically precocious child
  5. Life under fascism
  6. Working underground
  7. The exile years - England
  8. Ursula – a Soviet agent in the Oxfordshire countryside
  9. Jürgen joins the US army
  10. Back in Germany at last 
  11. Ursula’s return to the GDR
  12. Life for Jürgen and Marguerite in the GDR
  13. Ursula reveals her past
  14. The sun sets on a dream – the end of the GDR
  15. The British Kuczynskis
  16. Children of the war
  17. The spying business and the role of MI5
  18. Epilogue

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