In 1941, a young girl Communist named Vjera was caught by the Nazis in Zagreb, Yugoslavia. They jailed her, questioned her, tortured her. One of their most urgent questions: Where was Communist Leader Vladimir Popovich? Vjera replied truthfully that she had never heard of him before.

Popovich was a hamhanded, 6 ft. 3 in. Montenegrin hillbilly who had quit his medical studies in Belgrade to fight with the Reds in the Spanish Civil War. In 1938, in Paris, he met the new secretary of the Yugoslav Communist Party, one Tito, who took a...

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