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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 2, February 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date February 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
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  • Dallas, Texas
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  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript acts l-orum Interviews Former Communisl BELLA V. DODD, » hn Says "You Don't Become or Unbecome a Communist Overnight" As featured guest on STATE OF THE NATION. Br. Dodd was interviewed by Hardy Burt and Ralph de Toledano, NEWSWEEK editor and co-author of SEEDS OF TREASON. A digest of the program follows. aiea. sted 1 murder. ' IcCoy. 34- Ih ta* 1 (I' ;f * *V ■ -.-' V bwi». • d'tl iou' *■ ■ young teacher, Party?" ""ereste(1 '" the Communist lQ9ri'' kgan teaching in the mid- «j«, when wealth and the whole cor- we n °f 80-ciety was aPParent' Tl"'" anj rir'ht into lhe depression period. "a no one seemed lo have a plan for proving conditions. 1 was an e< ,,- omics student, and in the colleges we r» jT tiUI"'lt dial depressions were r^UsM by many different theories; bill one could come to a conclusion. I.. oeeame interested in communism New Y* a sU,dent '" Hunter College, mo f • During my student years, , J. tne teaching was a destructive 11,'!',."!1"' -;-^ eliminated your faith in !*• ! 'I eliminated your belief in patriot- actu»iD? >0" mean the professors, if not corr,nil|n0mm"nists' were sympathetic to peoril t! ''ley weren''- They were good teach -tlley fo"owe(l a course of vali '"" w'1'1'1 eliminated a sense of ,v es as far as truth and patriotism ,,m,^. c°ncerned. You were completelj live I ti"; y°U really had "° faith t0 'stic ^h-i y Were teaching a material- Philosophy — it was a question of ' gmatic approach that was right '"" was successful 'he ir.fi your book» J'0" spoke not only of «"ent«ik ?nc,e of the teachers on the stu- teachers • the stlldents influence on •furin/ ,Jn 'eading teachers leftward 'hirtip. «'„per'od of ferment in the ™. Will yoil elaborate on this? V yes.th, Was i ial s a very interesting point. ..,,,, , a >'oung instructor at Hunter Col- w^ "J*1 ^26 on, and that was the time [| the college bad a tremendous in- u_ 01 students. Many of the students 0j il^'"11.1' '" lls were immigrants. Some i,.. I ".' bad been active in the Russian „ '""""' in 1905, and some, of course, mUni ,ready aware of the whole Com- ,sl "hovemenl in Europe il bad bad '»mc co.ntacl with their The Parent '•""""" ",l" meir l>arents. cam. Vmported [h>--<- 'deas when they ,,,.' [ro« Europe, and the ,„,,,' j^nditioned already to hildren ibis ap- N0 STANDARD TO LIVE BY 'here v**' smce with the depression lauehr j110 P°s'tive philosophy being student "° sla"dard to live by. these , **• tended to go into a revolution- ' aPProaeh. We had so many students Ts FORUM NEWS, February, 1955 ■Id Photo Dr. Bella V. Dodd was once a dedicated Communist, active and influential in the teachers union. As she tells in her new book, SCHOOL OF DARKNESS, she learned through bitterness and disillusion the necessity to spurn communism and restore her faith in God and country. She is now an attorney in New York City. thai the sluff was mil prepared lo meet Ibis new type of student in the college — was not prepared lee give these students a standard to \i\e by, a new culture. Q. Would you say the faculty hecame more or less brain-washed by the students? \. The administrators did not know bow to cope with the large mass of slu- eieiils. and this bad a tremendous effect upon the students. Also, we bad to get young instructors, themselves rather "green," and so it was a question of the students and the instructors going together in a wave of leftward movement. Tin- Young Communist and Young Socialist Leagues were the focus of attention. They were tbe ones who set the pace and the others tended lo follow in thai wake. Q. Were there student demonstrations, peace strikes, and such to spearhead this movement? A. Yes, I remember one of the first things I did was to support the students who went out on a peace slrike' during lhe mid-thirties. Six eef our girls had been suspended from college. I became a protagonist and a defender of ihose six girls because I was interested in them as human beings. As a result, I was labeled a Communist, \fler awhile, I didn't care aboul labels, and I tended lo affiliate myself with Communists. Q. As a teacher, were you a member of the Communist party at that time? A. I became associated with the Communisl party in l'):>2 and worked very closely with them. From the very beginning, the Communist parly did not let inc carry a card because they said I was more important to them in the' academic world without a card than I would be willi a card. I'd like everyone to remem- Ii.t thai all this to-do about card-carrying Communists is sometimes over- exaggerated. I remained a noncard- carrying Communist from 1932 to 1943. even though 1 was voluntarily under parly discipline. Q. You mean that while we might have 2.">,u00 card-carrying Communists in the country, there could be a substantial number who are Communists but do not carry the card? A. That's exactly so. The more important ones do not carry cards. Q. You rose quite rapidly in the Communist party, didn't you? A. For Ihe period 1932-1911. I was .in active leader in trying to arouse mass supporl feei the Communist party among tne intellectuals and in the trade union movement. I was with the AK of 1,. I'll), \merican Labor party, ami so on. \\ liai happened was thai the Communisl party found the way for nie to go from one level lo another. I bad a natural interest in people. I was interested in the trade union movement for wbal il could do for the people during the depression period. I was interested in students and, therefore, I became a perfectly good person for the Communists In use iii trapping other people. Q. As an idealist, how were you able lo juggle on one hand your idealism and on the other the complete cynicism of the party leadership with which you dealt? UNAWARE OF LEADERS' CYNICISM A. I was completely unaware of the cynicism of the parly leaders because I only deall with people who were sup- Pate 35 £11
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