by Kaganowitsch, L. M. (Lazar' Moiseyevich Kaganovich)
Hamburg: Carl Hoym Nachf, 1925. First edition. Softcover. vg. 12mo. 86, pp. Original illustrated wrappers. In May 1922, Stalin became the General Secretary of the Communist Party and immediately transferred Kaganovich to his apparatus to head the Organizational Department or Orgburo of the Secretariat. This department was responsible for all assignments within the apparatus of the Communist Party. Working there, Kaganovich helped to place Stalin's supporters in key positions within the Communist Party bureaucracy. In this position, he was noted for his high work capacity, personal loyalty to Stalin, and the total lack of his own opinions. He publicly stated that he would execute absolutely any order from Stalin, which at that time was a novelty. In this work, Kaganovich explains and details the "democratic" organization of the Communist party. Includes three charts at rear. Previous owner's signature in ink on half-title. Text in German. Wrappers and interior in overall very good condition. About the author: Lazar Moiseyevich Kaganovich (1893-1991) was a Soviet politician and administrator and one of the main associates of Joseph Stalin. As such, Kaganovich sometimes was regarded as the No. 2 man in the Soviet Union. He had a number of tough assignments, from serving as the Politburo troubleshooter in the Ukraine in the 1920's to being Moscow boss at a time when the city was torn up and its ultra-ornate subway system built. He was also involved in some of Communism's most ruthless experiences, the collectivization of agriculture and the vast party purges in the 1930's. At his death in 1991, he was the last surviving Old Bolshevik. The Soviet Union itself outlived him by a mere five months. (Inventory #: 40713)
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