International: The Coffinmaker

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Among the hundreds of German and Austrian Communists who went to Spain in the '30s to fight in the civil war, the man to fear most was a taciturn, cold-eyed German named Walter Ulbricht. In Albacete, far behind the Republican lines, Special Agent Ulbricht set up a German section of the OGPU and, on Moscow's orders, proceeded to rid the Communist ranks of Trotskyites. For those special cases which did not respond to the lash, the pliers, the hot wires and the other accepted tools of his craft, Ulbricht fashioned a tiny cell...

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