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Facts Forum. Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955 - File 031. 1955-06. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. November 17, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/1352973/item/1539/show/1500.

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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 6, June 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 6, June 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date June 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • 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 I I Photo —Wide World Photo Dr. Bernard Peters World Pho*° —Wide World Phc Dr. Joseph Weinberg World PI""' 195' —Wide World Photo Irving David Fox April I I. 1943, we found: ...Bernard Peters state.I thai it is ab- solutely necessary to get a good lonthnlel nn the hill... I in reference to the Radiation Laboratory).... Bernard Peters su^- gested that the- committee pels- eeii all materia] tee forestall eeny |ie.s-il.!e' leakage of information. From minutes of meetings of FAECT Executive Board on May 5, 1943: Noel Bartlett statiel that he would ask the eneeil girl iii his department on the hill to distribute the leaflets or notifications of the FAECT as if they were checks. David Fox suggested that these leaflets be put in envelopes to make them less liable to detection. Such were the more "open" and "legetl" activities of Communist scientists while they were working on the alomie bomb! The committee found that the War Manpower Commission of Northern California, which had much to do with assignment of personnel to such projects as the atomic bomb research and development, had known Communists on it during war years, with possibly an actual majority of Reds! One of the members of the War Manpower Commission had been Paul Heide. In 1941, Heide was a member of the County Committee of the Communist party, while I was county organizer. He was and is one of Harry Bridges' right-hand men, a leading paid official of the ILWU. Willi ibis ami much additional knowledge the California committee prepared for public hearings to be held in Oakland in Atay of 1950. The committee fell lhal il was lime to bring such fails i,, tbe attention of the country. During ihe three-day bearings May 8-9-10, 1950, Sylvia and I both testified in public lo tlie facl that we bad attended a Communisl parly meeting in 1941 al lhe home of Dr. j. Robert Oppenheimer—a meeting at which the scientist himself wets presenl. This news made big headlines, especially in Western newspapers, hut unfortunately il was mil followed up by hearings in Washing Ion which could have placed all of the fails before the entire country. The California Senate Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities. once known eis the "Tenney Committee bul long beaded b\ Democratic Senator Hugh Burns, has been the pioneer in investigation ami exposure of matters relating lo Soviel atomic espionage. In 1916 the committee held hearings in Oakland lhal threw lhe first real light on the subject. The stale committee lhal year laid the foundation for subsequent nationwide investigations bv the House C nillee on In-American Activities al Washington during lhe 1917-19 period. The California committee has always been interested in results rather than publicity and often lias given ils information lo other committees and security agencies without any effort lo claim "credit." Tbe additional discoveries made during llu- firsl four months of 1950 and the light I bad been able lo throw on the background as a result of my own ex- FACTS FORUM NEWS, June, 1955 periences inside the conspiracy made ii essential lo bold new hearings in the stale. The committee subpoena powers were limited to California and many important potential witnesses like Steve Nelson, Marcel Scherer, Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer and his wife Katherine, and Kenneth May were in 1950 all residing in other states. We had hoped and expected that the House Committee on Un-American Activities would pick up where the state committee had to stop and would subpoena all necessary witnesses to go thoroughly into the new facts to be brought out. During the three davs of hearings lhe committee went into several fields eef Communist activities in the stale eiml especially in the Bay area, throwing new light on the North American Aviation slnkc of 1911 and other activities of the Communist parly for sabotage of defense production up to June --. lint the background of atomic espionage wets the most importanl aspect of the bearings. This necessarily included all (3111111111 nist partv activities around tin- radiation laboratory and lhe "Manhattan Project" and employment of Communists on nuclear research, regardless of whether each individual bad anv direct connection with actual transmission of information to the Kremlin or not. Obviously. onh a few would have been called upon feer such lasks nf "honor," responsibility and great danger. In most e-eises. il weis only a matter of employing the maximum number of party members etnd sympathizers possible, of cooperation between the party members in working for tbe promotion of each other, and of building tbe parly's front, the FAECT. No line of demarcation could be drawn between so-called ''legal" activities of the Communisl party in the field of alomie research ami lhe transmission of data to the Soviet government. One was impossible without the other. My wife Sylvia was the firsl lo identify Dr. J. Roberl Oppenheimer as having been present al the Communist meeting at 10 Kenilworlh Court. The press associations carried the news throughout the country, 1ml withoul anv details of the process through which the house bad been found and identified, eiml the chain of evidence lhal made a mistake or i\e- liberale misrepresentation equally impossible. In fail, many of the details leading lo discovery of the bouse were not revealed. 11 was expected thai these would be brought oul al a more suitable lime, when Dr. Oppenheimer eiml l,i~ wife should accept lhe committee invitation lo come lo California and testify, or they, together wilh me and mv wife and oilier key witnesses, should be snl, poenaed by the House Committee on I 11- American Aeli\ ities. While the bearings were slill in progress. Dr. J. Roberl Oppenheimer issued whal lhe committee regarded eis an evasive and double-meaning press statement. Tbe committee's printed re- Page 29
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