Martin Ebon

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Martin Ebon (May 27, 1917 – February 11, 2006) was the pen-name of Hans Martin Schwarz, an American journalist and author of non-fiction books and articles from the paranormal to politics, particularly as an anti-communist.[1][2][3][4]


Hans Martin Schwarz was born on May 27, 1917, in Hamburg, Germany.


During the 1930s, Schwarz published in Israelitisches Familienblatt among other German-Jewish periodicals.[1]

In 1938, Schwarz emigrated to the USA, lived in New York City from 1938 onwards, and changed his name from Hans Martin Schwartz to Martin Ebon.[1]

During World War II, he served in the U.S. Office of War Information (formed June 1942), the U.S. Department of State (as an information officer[citation needed]), and by 1948 had joined the staff of Partisan Review magazine.[2]

In January 1948, Ebon published his first book in English, World Communism Today.[2] The book reviewed a century of Marxism, following the publication of the Communist Manifesto by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels in 1848.[5] Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. praised the book as an "outstanding work on communist penetration and strategy."[6] The book was cited as an expert source, e.g., 60,000 members in the Korean Communist Party as of 1949.[7] In March 1948, he appeared on WMAL AM radio in Washington, DC, to discuss "Which Way America – Fascism, Communism, Socialism, or Democracy?" with Raymond Moley (Conservative), Norman Thomas (Socialist), and Leon Milton Birkhead (Unitarian).[8] His July 1948 article "Communist Tactics in Palestine" in the Middle East Journal received a favorably review as "carefully documented" and "objective and non-partisan."[6] In 1953, his book Malenkov: Stalin's Successor received mixed reviews as "short,"[9] quickly published (weeks after Stalin's death), and carefully appraising thanks to the author's previous book on world communism.[10] It drew favorable comparison to Eugene Lyons' Our Secret Allies.[11]

Ebon held various positions in book and magazine retailing, including:

Personal life and death[edit]

Ebon married Chariklia Baltazzi; they had one son.[3]

Martin Ebon died age 82 on February 11, 2006, in Las Vegas, Nevada.[3]


The Center for Jewish History houses articles written by Ebon between 1934 and 1938 for German-Jewish newspapers, plus reviews of his German-language books.[1]


Ebon published dozens of books on world affairs and parapsychology.[1]

Books in German
  • Einer wie Du und Ich (1937)[1][12]
  • Heiteres, Besinnliches, Nachdenkliches (1937)[1][13]
Books in English
  • World Communism Today (1948)[14][15]
  • Malenkov: Stalin's Successor, McGraw-Hill, 1953
  • Svetlana: The Story of Stalin's Daughter, New American Library, 1967
  • Prophecy in Our Time, New American Library, 1968.
  • The Making of a Legend, Universe Books, 1969.
  • Lin Pao: The Life and Writings of China's New Ruler, Stein & Day.
  • Witchcraft Today, New American Library, 1971.
  • Every Woman's Guide to Abortion, Universe Books, 1971.
  • They Knew the Unknown, World Publishing, 1971.
  • The Truth about Vitamin E, Bantam, 1972.
  • The Devil's Bride: Exorcism, Past and Present, Harper, 1974.
  • The Essential Vitamin Counter, Bantam, 1974.
  • Which Vitamins Do You Need?, Bantam, 1974.
  • Saint Nicholas.- Life and Legend, Harper, 1975.
  • The Satan Trap: Dangers of the Occult, Doubleday, 1976.
  • What's New in ESP?, Pyramid, 1976.
  • The Relaxation Controversy, New American Library, 1976.
  • The Evidence for Life after Death, New American Library, 1977.
  • Miracles, Signet, 1981.
  • Psychic Warfare: Threat or Illusion, McGraw-Hill, 1983.
  • The Andropov File, McGraw-Hill, 1983.
  • Nikita Khrushchev, Chelsea House, 1986.
  • The Soviet Propaganda Machine, McGraw-Hill, 1987.
  • KGB: Death and Rebirth, Greenwood/Praeger, 1994
Books as "Eric Ward"
  • The President's Daughter with Ursala Russell, Bantam, 1973
  • "World Communism Has Passed Its Peak," American Mercury (January 1948)[2]
  • "Communist Tactics in Palestine," Middle East Journal (July 1948)[16]
  • "Psychic Studies: The Soviet Dilemma," Skeptical Inquirer (1985)[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Hans Martin Schwarz Collection". Center for Jewish History. 2013. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d Ebon, Martin (January 1948). "World Communism Has Passed Its Peak". American Mercury: 7–16. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  3. ^ a b c "Martin Ebon". Occult World. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "Author: Martin Ebon". Skeptical Inquirer. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "Book Reviews and Notices". American Political Science Review: 1013–4. 1948. doi:10.2307/1950156. JSTOR 1950156. S2CID 147605344. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Comment on World Events". The Potters Herald. July 22, 1948. p. 3. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  7. ^ "Communism is Down But Not Out in Japan, Fujita Writes from Tokyo". The Northwest Times. October 26, 1949. p. 4. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  8. ^ "On the Air Tonight". Evening Star. March 16, 1948. p. 36. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  9. ^ "Beria and the Jews: What Next?". Southern Jewish Weekly. September 11, 1953. p. 148. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  10. ^ Jones, Carter Brooke (May 17, 1953). "Lifting the Curtain on Malenkov to See What Russia Has in Store". Evening Star. p. 17. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  11. ^ Faries, Belmont (December 6, 1953). "Books on Foreign Affairs Reflect Easing Tensions". Evening Star. p. 6. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  12. ^ Ebon, Martin (1937). Einer wie Du und ich : eine Jugend-Erzählung aus unseren Tagen. Verlag Robert Alter. p. 71. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  13. ^ Ebon, Martin (1937). Heiteres, Besinnliches, Nachdenkliches. Verlag Robert Alter. p. 63. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  14. ^ Ebon, Martin (1948). World Communism Today. Whittlesey House (a division of McGraw-Hill Book Company). p. 536. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  15. ^ Ebon, Martin (1948). World Communism Today. Whittlesey House (a division of McGraw-Hill Book Company). p. 536. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  16. ^ Ebon, Martin (July 1948). "Communist Tactics in Palestine". Middle East Journal. 2 (3). Middle East Institute: 255–269. JSTOR 4321987. Retrieved August 8, 2021.
  17. ^ Ebon, Martin (1985). "Author: Martin Ebon". Psychic Studies: The Soviet Dilemma. Retrieved August 8, 2021. {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  18. ^ Ebon, Martin (November 15, 1985). "Letter from Martin Ebon to Joshua Lederberg". NIH NLM. Retrieved August 8, 2021.

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