This Day in Jewish History A German-born Author Whose Communist Bent Frightened Americans Is Born

Helmut Flieg, aka Stefan Heym, was a decorated warrior for the Allies, yet wound up returning his medals and leaving the U.S.

April 10, 1913, is the birthdate of Stefan Heym, the German-born journalist and novelist who fled the Nazis, became and fought as an American citizen in World War II -- and then returned to communist East Germany in the 1950s. He survived the following decades by walking a thin line between the roles of dissident and apologist for the regime.