COMMUNISTS: Of All the Virtues . . .

After 22 years of hating Stalin, ex-German Communist Leader Ruth Fischer last week had got a load off her chest. The load: a 663-page, tightly packed book called: Stalin and German Communism, A Study in the Origins of the State Party.* The book was more than the heavy-going history its heavy Germanic title implied. It was also an intimate, encyclopedic exposure of the doubletalk and doublecrossing among top-level Communists.

"A Sneerer & a Snarler." Ruth Fischer got into Communism in Vienna in 1918. She was 22, university-educated, and aflame with zeal to remake...

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