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l*jiul Crouch (above) waa the
fir^i iiKiii publicly to accuse Robert Oppenheimer of Communisl
party activity. Crouch is no <\-
Communist who left the part*
during World War 11. H** lias
appeared before juries, grand
juries, and investigating committees sixty-three times.
Drew Pearson, the Alsop
brothers, and Harvey Matusow
have said that Crouch is unreliable.
Mo»t of wiiat Crouch said
aboul Oppenheimer in 1930 and
19,"51 has been corroborated hy
later testimony, including that of
Dr. Oppenheimer. Certain Items
are still in douht. Crouch has
never heen indicted for perjury
or eited for eon tempt. lie has
nol claimed the Fifth Amendment or reversed his testimony.
The Alsops wrote in April.
1954: "...if it does turn out
that Dr. Oppenheimer MHO* a
secret (loin mu nist throughout
the time lie «ras running the Los
Alamos alomie project, informer
Crouch will he thoroughly vindicated — though the nation may
Since then the Gray Hoard and
lhe Atomie Energy Commission
have determined that Oppenheimer i- a security risk.
Crouch has filed suit against
the \en York IIc raid Tribune
for 9500,000 for publishing and
distributing attacks on him by
the Alsop brothers. Crouch has
notified Pearson that he will sue
him if Pearson does not retract
certain statements about Crouch.
A key episode i" this affair is
a Communist party meeting in
Berkeley, California, in July.
1911. Crouch, then a Communisl
party leader, was the speaker,
lie and his wife, SyKia, later
said that they -aw Oppenheimer
at that meet ing. though at the
time they did nol know who he
was. Oppenheimer has denied
having attended the meeting.
by Paul Crouch
4>|| has the mind of a genius!" I
11 thought, as everyone's attention fo-
cused "ii ei thin, tense, wiry man seated
directly in front of the fireplace. His
questions—difficult feu mv to answer
revealed true understanding of Communist philosophy and theory.
Ilr was hurling questions at me in
quirk succession: "How can we In- sure
iluil Creat Britain will not double-cross
the Soviet Union? I agree iheit ur musl
give all-out aid to the Soviel I nion. Bul
should we also aid the imperialisl governmenl of Greal Britain? Do we nol
now have two wars one' ei continuation
.,f lln- imperialisl war between Germany
and Great Britain, tbe other a peoples
war between Germany and the Soviet
These were not easy questions for any
Communist party leader to answer eit
lhat lime I had lo go back to the most
fundamental points of Marxian theory
lo answer thrnt iii a convincing way.
Apparently everyone present, including
the intent stranger, finally weis satisfied
wilh the new line and the reasons for it.
Utrr the meeting was adjourned the
brilliant questioner can ver to where
I stood and talked wilh me for perhaps
inn minutes, discussing the new developments in the international situation and
tin- Communist party's analysis of the
turn of events.
As he walked away Kenneth May, who
had been standing near us, remarked, "He is
a very famous scientist." People were not
introduced to each other at party meetings
of that nature. I did not know then in 1941
that the name of the "famous scientist" was
Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer.
To understand the amazing anil bizarre facts eiliinil Hi. I. Robert Op-
penheimer, his wife and brother, and
also to make an objective appraisal ol
the siiiii'-s eef Soviet espionage, it is
necessary in both case's lo en back
An idea in the mind of a Russian-born
scientist. Marcel Scherer, in the summer of
1928 has already done much to change the
entire course of history; and it is still too
early to tell the ultimate outcome. It could
yet lead to the doom of our nation and of
1 musl lake the reader back to 1928,
otherwise the rest of my story would
make little sense. The importance "I
even seemingly irrelevant points will I"''
come ule\ietus as the story unfolds.
In 1928 I was a leading Communis'
official, head of the national department
of the party for infiltration of the armed
forces. This departmenl stnl selected
Reds into the Army, Navy, National
Guard, ROTC, and all other 1,ranches
of the military services. The objectives
we're- le, form secrel cells for ultimate
espionage, sabotage, and other steps i*
linn nl war lhal would insure' the defeat
of the United States, and also lo obtain
military training for Communists al ll"'
expense of ihe "enemy" <\merican gov*
In lale- April I returned from Moscow,
after months of directives and instrucj
tion from lhe General Staff of the Red
army, after participation in commission*
and conferences when' detailed plat"
we-re- worked mil for activities during
the "inevitable" war of the future between lln' Soviel I ni,,n and the I nited
States and other capitalist countrie*
I n,Ier supen isiun of the highest official"
of the Soviel government, plans wen'
formulated for espionage, seilieeieuie. em''
other steps intended lo insure the '''][
feat anel destruction of the "capitalist
governments of the United Slates an"
\K assist-,,,! i who later succeeded »"'
as head of the' department) was Wafif*
M. Trumbull," educated al MassacnW
se'tis Instil,it,. „f Technology. Truml;'1"'
a brilliant man with considerable scieB'
tific knowledge, had served with me '"
the I ,S. \inn and in 1925, while i"
uniform, we had together founded t'"'
Hawaiian Communisl League. Th8
evenl and resulting publicity had skv'
rocketed Trumbull ami me to import8?,
positions of leadership in lhe wort'
line of our closest friends in "
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