Chapters: Ramón Mercader, Antonio Ramón, Mateu Morral, Diego de Almagro II, Manuel Pardiñas,. Source: Wikipedia. Pages: 20. Not illustrated. Free updates online. Purchase includes a free trial membership in the publisher's book club where you can select from more than a million books without charge. Excerpt: Jaime Ramón Mercader del Río Hernández (February 7, 1913, other sources also name February 7, 1914; October 18, 1978) was a Spanish Communist who became famous as the murderer of Russian Communist ideologist Leon Trotsky in 1940. Declassified archives have shown that he was a Soviet agent. Mercader was born in 1913 in Barcelona, but spent much of his youth in France with his mother, Eustaquia María Caridad del Río Hernández, after she separated from his father, Pau Mercader Marina. Cuban-born Caridad was an ardent Communist who fought in the Spanish Civil War and served the Soviet international underground. As a young man, he embraced Communism, working for leftist organizations in Spain during the mid-1930s. He was briefly imprisoned for his activities, but was released in 1936 when the left-wing coalition Popular Front won in the elections of that year. During the civil war in Spain, Mercader was recruited by NKVD officer Nahum Eitingon and trained in Moscow as a Soviet agent. He worked briefly as a Spanish tutor for George Orwell, who was in Barcelona for the Spanish Civil War. In 1938, while he was a student at the Sorbonne, Mercader befriended Sylvia Ageloff, a confidant of Trotsky in Paris, assuming the identity 'Jacques Mornard' , son of a Belgian diplomat. A year later he was contacted by a representative of the "Bureau of the Fourth International." Ageloff returned to her native Brooklyn in September that same year and Mercader joined her, assuming the identity of Canadian 'Frank Jacson' . He was given a passport which had originally belonged to a Canadian citizen named Tony Babich, a member of the Spanish Repub...More: http://booksllc.net/?id=303505
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