|Sorgi received his early schooling at Berlin. His uncle Alfred
Sorgi was the secretary to Karl Marx and Sorgi was highly influenced by
his uncle. Sorgi joined World War I as a soldier and was twice wounded.
While in hospital, he got the doctorate in Political Science from Berlin
University in 1920. After his doctorate, he became a teacher. But, he soon
resigned and worked in a coal mine. In 1922, he started writing for newspapers.
By then, he had mastered in five languages-French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese
and German. But, gradually, his field of interest changed. He joined the
Communist Party and by 1927, he became a secret agent. However, to conceal
his true identity, he continued to write and remained a German journalist.
In 1930, he was sent to China. It was here that Sorgi had to fulfill many