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In , Borkenau moved to Berlin and for a while he served as an official of Comintern. However, he became disillusioned with the way Joseph Stalin treated dissidents and in he resigned from the KPD. Borkenau remained a socialist and worked as a researcher for the Institute for Social Research and became associated with what became known as the Frankfurt School. Over the next few years Borkenau was involved in organizing support for the Neu Beginnen underground group, which was working for the overthrow of Adolf Hitler and his Nazi government. He larer recalled: "Very few of these armed proletarians wore the new dark-blue pretty militia uniforms.

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At the conference, Borkenau delivered the keynote speech, where he spoke of the "meaninglessness" of the conflict between capitalism and socialism in a time of "ebbing revolution", and where the only conflict that mattered in the world was the one between Communism and democracy [Belfrage, Cedric "The American Inquisition", Innianapolis: Bobbs-Merill Comapany, pages Left-wing crypto-communist intellecutals such as Cedric Belfrage , noting that Hitler often denounced Communism in Berlin, just like Borkenau did, compared his speech to the Nuremberg rallies, and went on to accuse Borkenau of being an sort of neo-Nazi [Belfrage, Cedric "The American Inquisition", Innianapolis: Bobbs-Merill Comapany, page Borkenau was very active in the Congress, and was often attacked by Marxist intellectuals such as Isaac Deutscher for his fierce anti-Communism.

Likewise, Borkenau was often highly critical of the work of the pro-Soviet British historian E. Borkenau was a leading advocate for the Totalitarianism school. Another historian whom Borkenau disliked but for different reasons then was the case with Deutscher and Carr was Arnold J. In the s, Borkenau was well-known as an expert on Communism and the Soviet Union. Borkenau was one of the founders of Sovietology. In an article in the April edition of Commentary magazine "Commentary" entitled "Getting at the Facts Behind the Soviet Facade", Borkenau wrote that the Sino-Soviet alliance was highly unstable, and would last at a minimum for only a decade or so [Borkenau, Franz "Getting at the Facts Behind the Soviet Facade" from "Commentary", April page Moreover, Borkenau contended that within the Soviet government there were vast "chefstvo" patronage networks extending down from the elite to the lowest levels of power [Laqueur, Walter "The Fate of the Revolution", New York : Scribner, page Borkenau argued that even small changes in the formulistic language of the Soviet state could sometimes indicate important changes [Laqueur, Walter "The Fate of the Revolution", New York : Scribner, page Borkenau wrote that: "Political issues must be interpreted in the light of formulas, political and otherwise, and their history; and such interpretation cannot be safely concluded until the whole history of the given formula has been established from its first enunciation on" [Laqueur, Walter "The Fate of the Revolution", New York : Scribner, page Borkenau wrote that: "Makenkov was quoted at inordinate length By quoting him in his fashion and by adding his own yelp to the anti-Semitic chrous, Ulbricht, the animator of the resolution, proclaimed himself a Makenkov client.

But even more important; while Malenkov was cited at length, Stalin was quoted with a mere half sentence dating from Otherwise, it was sure suicide. Another area of interest for Borkenau was in engaging in an intellectual critique of Arnold J. Borkenau became increasing active as a free-lance author living in Paris.

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Life[ edit ] During , Borkenau joined the Communist Party of Germany and was active as a Comintern agent until During the s, Borkenau was involved with organizing aid from abroad for the clandestine group Neu Beginnen New Beginnings , which was working for the end of the Nazi regime. During January , Borkenau made a second visit to Spain, during which he was arrested and tortured by Spanish police before being released. In particular, Borkenau advised against the idea, popular in Britain in the s, that Britain should return the former German colonies in Africa in exchange for a German promise to respect the frontiers of Europe unknown to Borkenau, such an offer by the British had been secretly made to the Germans in early During , Borkenau returned to Germany to work as a professor at the University of Marburg. Lasky that resulted in the initiation of the Congress for Cultural Freedom. At the conference, Borkenau delivered the theme speech, for which he spoke of the "meaninglessness" of the conflict between capitalism and socialism in a time of "ebbing revolution", and the only conflict that mattered in the world was the one between Communism and democracy.

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