Tuesday, 20 June 2017


How did it come about that much of the British intelligensia, for decades, was persuaded of the moral superiority of Communism, and of its inevitability as the future political system of the world?

One man, virtually unknown and unnoticed, can claim the dubious distinction of being the prime mover. Willi Münzenburg was born in 1888, the son of an alcoholic innkeeper in Thuringia, Germany, who killed himself cleaning a gun while drunk.

Unlike most of the leading early German Communists, who were upper-middle class, he could claim to be a genuine proletarian. During the First World War Münzenburg was a young left-wing radical living in Switzerland. Talent-spotted by Trotsky he soon became part of the Bolshevik circle around Lenin, as they waited their opportunity to return to a revolutionary Russia. It was to Münzenburg that Lenin turned as the famous sealed train left Zurich for Russia in 1917. “Six months from now we will either be in power or hanging from the gallows” he said.

Trotsky chose well in Münzenburg. Following the rise to power of the Bolsheviks, he pioneered most of the manipulative political techniques which are a feature of life in Britain today. Ad hoc committees for endless causes, politicized arts festivals, mock trials, celebrity letterheads, disinformation stunts and protest marches all sprang from Münzenburg’s sheer genius for propaganda.

Stephen Koch, in his book Double Lives: Stalin, Willi Münzenburg and the Seduction of the Intellectuals, calls this “righteous politics.” Political issues are turned into a quasi-religion, which brooks no debate – witness the ‘no platform’ antics of left-wing students who can tolerate no outlook besides their own.

During the 1920s and most of the 1930s Münzenburg played a leading role in the Comintern, Lenin’s front for world-wide co-ordination of the left under Russian control. Under Münzenburg’s direction, hundreds of groups, committees and publications cynically used and manipulated the devout radicals of the West.

Most of this army of workers in what Münzenburg called ‘Innocents’ Clubs’ had no idea they were working for Stalin. They were led to believe that they were advancing the cause of a sort of socialist humanism. The descendents of the ‘Innocents’ Clubs’ are still hard at work in our universities and colleges. Every year a new cohort of impressionable students join groups like the Anti-Nazi League believing them to be benign opponents of oppression, rather than the Trotskyite fronts they really are.

The old tricks certainly are the best! Münzenburg’s right-hand man, Otto Katz, established an Anti-Nazi League in Hollywood, placing the writer Dorothy Parker in charge as celebrity window-dressing. The novelist Thomas Mann was one of the few to detect a swindle, although it took him five years to grasp the realities. How familiar it all seems in a Britain in which extreme left-wing groups sport the names of duped and half-brained actors, sportsmen, etc. as patrons!

Katz worked hard in Britain to establish the Left Book Club. It networked the Stalinist influence and promoted the left as the chic fashion of the time. The Club ran camps, conferences and propaganda tours of Russia. As in all the Western countries in which ‘the Münzenburg men’ extended their networks, the ‘innocents’ believed that they were working to oppose Hitler. In reality the purpose was the undermine the West and pave the way for Soviet control.

The Comintern were able to play upon the vanity of the elite for whom life could never reach their gilded expectations. The secret world offered a “wonderful restorative” – Koch’s phrase again – with a particular appeal to the homosexual milieu of Bloomsbury which made up its centre. A connection to power is an aphrodisiac to people of this ilk.

Thus the Cambridge spies Blunt, Burgess et al. Burgess worked for the BBC for several years – helping other Soviet agents onto the airwaves. Appropriately, he lived out the war years in the house in Bentinck Street where Gibbon wrote The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire! By 1935 Münzenburg had almost outlived his usefulness to Stalin, and was lucky to escape from Moscow when he attended the last world congress of the Comintern in 1936. Stalin had no use for proletarians with attitude. The Nazi-Soviet pact of 1939 stripped away any illusions of Soviet anti-fascism and the notion of a popular front against Hitler.

Münzenburg lived precariously in Paris until the Nazi invasion of June 1940. He then fled southward and his strangled corpse was found in a wood near Grenoble in October. Almost certainly he had been murdered by a Soviet agent.

Otto Katz survived until 1952. He was arrested by the regime, on whose behalf he had been a devoted and obedient servant, and hanged after reading a prepared ‘confession’ at the show trials in Prague of that year. Knowing well what was in store, he offered his ‘confession’ the moment he was arrested. This was insufficient, and he was tortured for months while his final service to Communism, the ‘confession’ as an instrument of disinformation, was worked-up.

Despite the formal collapse of Communism in 1989, the legacy of Stalin’s strategy of destroying the West by propaganda has an increasing hold through the cult of ‘political correctness.’

The undermining of our society by the media has steadily intensified since then. Münzenburg’s spectre hovers as vital as ever in contemporary life. At a time when Communism has little remaining formal influence, Münzenburg’s techniques of propaganda and disinformation pervade our lives. His legacy has far outlasted the formal cause it served, and now works for new masters. The opinion formers who so misjudged Communism still claim legitimacy in dictating political ideals. Their track record is little considered.

Marx wrote in 1857, “It is possible I’ve made a fool of myself, but that can always be remedied with a little bit of dialectics.” The malady lingers on.

Double Lives 
Stalin, Willi Munzenburg and the Seduction of the Intellectuals

by Stephen Koch
Enigma Books, 432 pages
Available from Barnes & Noble

Originally published at website of the British Democratic Party.


  1. David Hamilton one20 June 2017 at 10:21

    Very interesting Mike. Like your old posts on BDF about how the British state operates like Stasi or Gestapo etc towards political dissidents. Tommy Robinson's book Enemy of the State provides clear evidence. The great irony of our time is how this pparently benign, near holy movement to protect the innocent and persecuted actually persecutes innocent people and even those in th group it is meant to protect re being put into grave danger.
    The idea behind this muli racial-pro immihgratuon ovement ids Not to let another Holovcaise occur but that is what is being built up by progressives and multui racialists.
    The movement began inopposition to Nazism through the re-ecucation of Germant led by Framkfurt Schoo illuminati Max Horkheimer and became the constant re-ducation of the West a a whole which os why you see women welcoming rapists into their countrie. The ideology is actually an inverse Nazism with Whites as the demonised, scapegoat group instead of Jews. The am is to wipe ius and outr culture out completely. However, and this is an epic fail because main group to be imported Muslims hate Jews and they have started attacking Jews and Synagogues already and in my view this will lead to another Final Solution. Israel is ***** as when Europe is conquered Israel will be surrounded by hostile groups. The people behind multi racialism are either conscious Jew haters or completely stupid! George Sorros anyone?

    1. The Right are not intelligent enough to use this clear race division in the other side's ideology which is why they keep failing.

  2. The People are getting hurt very badly. Even internal security reports show that.

    One end of the Authorities is creating and exacerbating serious social dysfunction and problems then dumping them of the cops to handle.

    It is good to learn the techniques and tactics used so that The People will recognize them when they see them. Also learn to discern when it's deliberate and when it's accidental.

    There isn't enough information for the regular Joe and Jane to protect themselves and their minds against the near constant onslaught. If they had that information they might not be able to do anything about it- but at least they would be able to process what was happening. and that would go a long way to helping the situation for them.

    It's like when you know how they do the magic trick- it loses it's power.

    Our authorities are supposed to protect us and inform us but they have learned that the tools and techniques and networks employed are too valuable and powerful. It's hard - or impossible to let go of that kind of power and knowledge. But those who are out of the loop- or only partly in the loop are being harmed and in many cases harming others.

    1. i like to use the words 'The People" like our Founding Fathers. I like The People. I'm a people. Not a fan of the commie terms like "proletariat" or " The masses".

    2. i like to use the words 'The People" like our Founding Fathers. I like The People. I'm a people. Not a fan of the commie terms like "proletariat" or " The masses".

  3. Its important to realise we in a totalitarian, oppressive stare now, not a democracy. There are examples every fay. This is appalling and shows how he British police gave up on crime to persecute wrong opinions. They evil devils will probably put him in a prison run by Muslims!




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