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These have been corrected in this second edition, which begins the project anew. Comments, criticism and information sent by readers of the first edition have been taken into account, and new facts inserted that were gathered since publication. Especially important were new materials on Krivitsky’s ghostwriters, Paul Wohl and Isaac Don Levine. Robert Miller has been an ideal publisher. The book’s failings, of course, remain my own. Were authors immortal, they would revise forever. GK Grand Terrace, CA April 1, 2004 PART I THE KILLING MACHINE: LIES, TORTURE AND EXECUTION (June 1899–October 1937) 1 NEW SONGS OF FREEDOM After he broke with Soviet intelligence, Krivitsky gave French and, later, American authorities his basic data: Samuel Ginsberg, born June 28, 1899, in Podwoloczyska, Poland.
This book therefore combines both history and intrigue, and in the process unfolds a dreadful and intense human drama. The man who died in the shadow of the Capitol, whom the District police failed to identify and sent to the morgue, allowing the room to be cleaned, was a spy on the run, one of the Great Illegals, the first generation of intelligence aces who helped to establish the most far-reaching and successful espionage operation in the world, and who, almost to a man, were eaten up by it.
The agency for which Krivitsky worked has undergone reforms and name changes, but remains firmly in place. 14 3. OGPU, NKVD AND GRU Since this book is the first monograph devoted to Walter G. Krivitsky, it is felt that it should have a substantial scholarly apparatus. All of these materials appear at the back of the book in the form of notes and bibliography, and are designed for the specialist. The endnotes run consecutively, so that one need not flip back and forth to find the chapter corresponding to the note.