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'"rk weis lhe aforementioned chemist,
unreel Scherer, who had been ill the
'•uniniunisl party for years einel alneulv
".is known and highly regarded by top
"'"ders of the lu-ii movement.
In conversation with me one day. Scherer
j'dvo.nced a new and original idea—the es-
'blishmenf of a secret national department
°" the party for work among scientists and
Coordination of the activities of Red memo's who were experts in scientific fields.
there were two central objectives of
'"' daring idea advanced by Scherer.
'he first would be to obtain and trans-
n"l to the Soviet government all seien-
''" knowledge developed in the United
pistes and to make' sure thai the American government would never have any
Military or other knowledge in scientific
'.''us that would not be known to the
the second objective vvas to bring .is
";"iy scientists as possible into the
"fty or ils fronts so that they would
j?botage any war againsl the Soviel
, "'on or other "unjust" war. iTianis-
J"'d from Communist phraseology into
I er)'day English, "unjust war" means
'' brief anv weir thai does mil advance
"'" interests of the Soviet government
a"^ hasten the world revolution.)
^''hcriT presented considerable data
ni1' on the role of science in modern
'Tfare anil seliel that se ii-nli-tr- would be
°re essential to military victory than
| other group of the population.
weis completely convinced emd
|J|,,''d th.- mallei -I hi immediatel)
Ween up w ith the top leaders of the
ll'"'.v and with ihe representatii es of
e Communist International.
j( * few il.ns later I was presenl al con'
,.'""- in national part) headquarters
He" n' Scherer outlined his plan and
ii was immediately approved. Thc
, '!''rtni.'ni wa- Se| ,,|,. ami Scherer was
j'Sned to head it.
,,r" the earl) thirties Scherer eiml his
f °nd wife. Lena, were taken to Mos-
i, . ''ii' approximatel) a year of in-
a„ |'Vl> training in espionage, sabotage,
,'', dialed matters, with Sov iel officials
l0 '"'d arm) officers ailing as instruc-
L ' *boul the -ami' lime, another
-i !'"'"n • aiiiiinuiiisl leader received
Le,.. '" 'raining in Moscow Yugoslavia." Joseph Fleishinger, better known
s|v undei his alias ol Steve Nelson.
tL erer "'"I Nelson have' been among
.iV|'""~l trusted agents of Moscow and
-I,,''-'"''! to tasks of ,Alieie.r
C.sil>iHty. In Mam, ,1a
bj?'a- durin? loll and [942
j.|;,v' "^signed I,, work togethei
'■'''' important roles in events n
lo Dr. Oppenheimer and his close associates, and the results of their work
bad ;i great influence on the course of
Following the return of Scherer and
his Russian-born wife and assistant.
Lena, to the I nited States, the progress
ol the department be headed wees rapid,
and soon extended into every scientific
field. It was extremely secret and hush-
hush: most party members and secondary leaders being unaware of its existence. Partly as a cover for it and partly
lo esieiblish an importanl new front for
the parly. Scherer formed an organiza-
lion called the' I'ALCT Federation of
\rchitects, Engineers. 1 die mists, ami
When Red leaders like Harry Bridges and
Ben Gold became members of the Executive
Committee of the CIO, it even became possible to obtain a "union charter" for
Scherer's organization! The charter gave this
Red apparatus for espionage and potential
sabotage both an aura of respectability and
an entree into the most vital fields of military research, like the radiation laboratory
of the University of California and the research laboratories of Shell Development in
lhe growth of Scherer's apparatus
and its infiltration into the scientific
field were closely paralleled by lhe creation anel expansion of another ami
allied front with similar reed objectives.
In the mid-thirties, Waller \1. Trumbull,
who had hy then succeeded me as head
of lhe department for infiltration of lhe
armed forces, played a leading role in
planning and supervising lhe formation
of the Consumers I nion (until very re-
centlv on the list of organizations cited
as subversive and Communist-controlled
by the House Committee on I n- American Activities).
Arthur Kallel and Dr. Harold Aaron
have' 1 n the chief oflieial leaders ol
the Communist-created Consumers I n-
ion from the lime il was founded until
the presenl moment. Dr. Aaron, head of
the Consumers I nion medical depart-
ment. was for years mv personal pbvsi-
e'ian assigned by lhe national office eif
the Communist party to treat me withoul
fees when I was a leading lied official.
I have participated in importanl policy
conferences with both Dr. Aaron and
Air. Kallel. and I have firsthand knowledge' of lhe real aims of the organization
headed by them.
The' work of lhe Consumers Union
contributed grcatl) I" Communisl progress in medical and scientific fields.
Harry Bridges conducts a press conference.
MUM NEWS, Iprt'f, 1955
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