The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service

The Lost Spy: An American in Stalin's Secret Service

Andrew Meier

Language: English

Pages: 416

ISBN: 0393335356

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“Utterly fascinating, a sad and sinuous study.”―Richard Schickel, Los Angeles Times

For half a century, the case of Isaiah Oggins, a 1920s New York intellectual brutally murdered in 1947 on Stalin’s orders, remained hidden in the secret files of the Soviet and American intelligence services―a footnote buried in the rubble of the Cold War. It surfaced briefly in 1992, when Boris Yeltsin handed over a dossier to the White House, but the full story of what happened remained a mystery. After eight years of international sleuthing, Andrew Meier at last reveals the truth in The Lost Spy: Oggins was one of the first Americans to spy for the Soviets.16 pages of illustrations

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independence of mind ran in the family; by 1939, General von Hammerstein had helped organize a failed attempt to kill Hitler, while his eldest sons, Kunrat and Ludwig, took part in the failed assassination of July 20, 1944, led by Claus von Stauffenberg (Interviews with Franz von Hammerstein [Berlin, Apr. 11, 2006] and Gottfried Paasche [telephone, Feb. 5, 2006, and Apr. 3, 2006]). $500,000 in fake bills: “Physician Seized as Counterfeiter,” New York Times, Jan. 5, 1933, p. 11. It is likely as

of the new year, Case No. 85. Cy sat alone, without a lawyer. He could only listen as the prosecutor read the charges, espionage and treason. This time he may not even have had a translator. By then Cy could make out something of the Russian. The NKVD tribunals were led by men in dark uniforms, men with stony faces and leaden eyes. The officer who spoke—this was his show—was the deputy chief of the NKVD. He read from the stack of reports in front of him, relating the salient highlights from the

course, still have to work. There were not enoughzeks to keep pace, building factories, plants, offices, and apartment blocks to house the guards. But Cy would be spared the mines and quarries. The darkest horrors were reserved for the first-class prisoners, the ones who had come to Norilsk in the prime of their lives. THE AMERICAN WAS ELEVEN YEARS OLDER THAN THE FRENCHMAN. CY and Jacques Rossi met early on in Cy’s time in the Arctic. For a while, first in Dudinka and then in Norilsk, Cy and

TO China. Mikhail Markovich Borodin, a thirty-nine-year-old Comintern envoy and comrade of the father of the revolution, arrived in Canton in 1923. Born Gruzenberg to a Russian Jewish family in Byelorussia, Borodin had become a Bolshevik in his teenage years. He fought in the revolution of 1905, and after its failure spent more than a decade in exile in Chicago. In China, Borodin, with his outsized personality and fluent English, made fast friends—above all with Sun Yat-sen, the former doctor

incarnate. Molotov-Ribbentrop, as the accord became known, for the Nazi and Soviet foreign ministers who signed it, instantly paved the way for Hitler’s invasion of Poland and seizure of the Baltic states, and in time the division of Europe. For many in the underground, even the most stalwart among the Center’s agents, the deal was the last deceit. Around the world, Soviet sympathizers rushed to abandon the cause. Not Nerma. She remained, through it all, resolute in her faith. Privately,

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