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Bertram D. Wolfe

AKA Bertram David Wolfe

Born: 19-Jan-1896
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
Died: 21-Feb-1977
Location of death: Palo Alto, CA
Cause of death: Accident - Misc

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Historian

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Three Who Made a Revolution

A trumped-up charge of selling drugs (a ridiculous charge, so it was changed to a more believable charge of gold smugging) saw him deported from Mexico in 1925. In the 1920s he edited a variety of Communist newspapers in both the United States and Mexico. Expelled from the Communist movement in 1929, he formed a group called "Communist Party of the USA-Majority Group", becoming the "Communist Party of the USA (Opposition)" in 1932. This group was never very successful and became the "Independent Labor League of America" in 1938, disbanded in 1940. The execution of Nikolai Bukharin in 1938 and the Molotov-Ribbentrop pact of 1939 prompted Wolfe to reevaluate his support of Soviet Communism (but not Marxism), and his work Three Who Made a Revolution reflects his disillusion. The book was well-researched and highly praised, and by 1970 had sold 300,000 copies.

Wife: Ella Goldberg (m. 1917, until his death, d. 8-Jan-2000)

    University: BA, City College of New York (1916)
    University: MA Spanish, University of Mexico (1925)
    University: MA Spanish, Columbia University (1931)
    Teacher: English and Mathematics, Eron Preparatory School (1929-34)

    Communist Party USA (1919-29, expelled)
    Deported 1925 (from Mexico)

Author of books:
Diego Rivera: His Life and Times (1939)
Three Who Made a Revolution (1948)
Six Keys to the Soviet System (1956)
Khrushchev and Stalin's Ghost (1957)
The Fabulous Life of Diego Rivera (1963)
Marxism: 100 Years in the Life of a Doctrine (1965)
Strange Communists I Have Known (1965)
The Bridge and the Abyss: The Troubled Friendship of Maxim Gorky and V. I. Lenin (1967)
An Ideology in Power: Reflections on the Russian Revolution (1969)


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