London book launch: A Political Family: The Kuczynskis, Fascism, Espionage and the Cold War

Book Launch and celebration

 A Political Family: The Kuczynskis, Fascism, Espionage and the Cold War

Venue: Marx Memorial Library,

37A Clerkenwell Green, London  EC1R 0DU (250m from Farringdon mainline and Underground station)

Saturday 15 July, 2.00 – 5.00 pm

John Green, the author, will be introducing his book. Charmian Brinson, Merilyn Moos and members of the Kuczynski family will also make contributions.

This biography relates the story of the extraordinary Kuczynski family that fled the Nazis and found exile in Britain before and during the war. One member of the family Ursula, code name ‘Sonya’, was, amongst her many other activities, a courier for the atomic spy Klaus Fuchs and called by Chapman Pincher ‘the most successful woman espionage agent of all time’. Another became secretary of the group of German exiled communists in Britain from 1937, before the outbreak of the Second World War.

Two family members returned to East Germany after the war, helping to build what they hoped would be a new, democratic Germany; four remained in Britain and, with their partners, three of them became well-known active members of the Communist Party.

But the family was not only known for its involvement in communist politics and in espionage, it boasted renowned academics as well. The father Robert Rene was a radical economist and statistician who campaigned for nationalising the property of the Prussian landed aristocracy after the First World War and was later targeted by the Nazis and forced to flee the country, arriving in British exile in 1933 where he obtained a post at the LSE and gained renown as a leading demographer.

This book launch is an opportunity to celebrate the lives of the diverse socialist refugees from Nazism who lived in Britain. All those interested, of whatever politics, are warmly invited.

A free drink and snacks will be available. The book itself will be available at discounted price of £20.

  • Merilyn Moos is the daughter of Siegi Moos, an anti-Nazi activist who settled in Britain. She works as a researcher and is the author of  his biography: Beaten but not defeated, a German anti-Nazi who settled in Britain and Breaking the Silence.
  • Charmian Brinson, Imperial College London, is a renowned expert on German refugees in the UK, and author of Very much a family affair, the Kuczynski family and British intelligence. She will speak on ‘the Kuczynskis in British exile’

Please contact John Green on 0208 579 3553 or at for further information.

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