The Network was a review of the moves of the Soviet Union that sought to unmask it as a threat to the Western democracies. Ruth Fischer was an Austrian radical who immigrated to the United States from Berlin, where she had become disenchanted with Stalinist attempts to control the German Communist Party. This fact distinguishes The Network from the other anticommunist journal examined, which criticized Communism from a much different perspective.
The journal also differs from Counterattack in that it judges fascism and communism to be variations on the same general theme. This was a common criticism during the 1930s, when Germany and the Soviet Union were often categorized together as totalitarian states. While she gives no evidence of having lost her faith in true communism, Fischer attempts to throw light on the moves of Stalin and his potential post-World War II aims with regard to Germany.
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This edition of The Network opens with an article entitled "Who is Who Among the Free Germans in the United States." The article examines members and fellow travelers of the Council for a Democratic Germany, which is an allegedly Stalinist group working in the United States. The rest of the paper discusses the connection between the Communist Party and the new organization. The writers maintain that the Soviet Union was only attempting to buy time with the German-Soviet Pact and is now organizing Stalinist movements in order to dominate Europe and Asia. The Network then examines the leaders of the Free German movement, such as Paul Hagen, Siegfried Aufhaeuser, and Ernst Bloch.
This edition opens with a characterization of the Free German Movements as Stalinist controlled organizations which he will use to control Europe. The author presents a compelling image of a world under siege by subversive Communist movements, which are on the verge of taking control across Europe. It also discusses the attempted assassination of Hitler and its links to Moscow. Claims are also made that U.S. Stalinists are attempting to indoctrinate German war prisoners. The newsletter also criticizes the New York Times for claiming that Marshall Tito is not a communist dictator and notes the developments in the southeastern Europe.
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