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Communist-Owned G.I. Schools
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that arrangements were made to
establish a committee for the defense
of Julius ancl Ethel Rosenberg, and
$100 was raised. (The Rosenbergs
were convicted and executed for giving away our atomic secrets to the
Russians.) Freedland also kept hidden
in his closet Communist Party literature which was distributed at the local
Freedland appeared before the Subcommittee ancl, like his predecessors,
invoked the Fifth Amendment when
asked about prior membership in the
Communist Parte. He did admit at-
tending the trial of nine Communist
Parte- leaders at Philadelphia in 1954.
Thomas had stated in his testimony
that two of these men were honored
overnight quests at Freedland's house
in the past.
The same response to questioning
was given by Annette- Rubenstein, Former owner of the Robert Louis Stevenson School in New York Cite. She invoked the Fifth Amendment when
questioned as to whether she knew
Earl Browder, whether she was ever
a member of the Communist Party,
and concerning alleged membership in
other Communist-front organizations
on the subversive list of the Attorney
Mr. Leo D. Rhodes, present co-
owner of the Robert Louis Stevenson
School, testified under oath that when
lie and his partners bought the school
from Annette Rubenstein, they immediately terminated the employment of
23 teachers whom they had concrete
reasons to believe were- sympathetic to
the- Communist cause. He also stated
that neither he nor to the best of his
knowledge', his partners are now or
ever have been members of the Cold
munist Parte. During his six years of
association with the school under the
ownership of Miss Rubenstein, Rhodes
said he bad ample opportunity to
observe and associate with the dismissed teachers and thus learn personally that several of them leaned
towards tlie Communists' line and thus
He-fore the new owners took over,
approximately 1.0(H) veterans attendee
the institution and a total of over two
million dollars was given by the fed*-
era] government to the school to p;l>
for veterans' tuition under the G. *•
Attorney General Browned Charge*
In regard to the California Labof
School, San Francisco, CalifoioW
Attorney General Brownell stated ,n
1955 that the school was formed '')
the American Communist Party thirteen years ago. He charged that the
California Labor School "had neV*
deviated from the Communist Pad)
line." In her testimony, Dr. Dodfl
indicated that the California Lab*
School was one of a group of MarXw
schools organized by the Commut"**]
Parte' following a policy established
The Subcommittee's report state"*
that these conditions concerning '•"
latter schools cited were known <|V('r
ten years ago, but that sloee-moe i"'"
government officials took no actio'
until several years had gone by.
In conclusion, the Subcommitt**
went on record as strongly opposed "
the waste of Federal funds on instil"
lions owned or controlled by the Co<f
munists. The Subcommittee also ur^
that Congress consider favorable' a V
proposed by their chairman, Sen. J"*1,
L. MeClellan (D-Ark.). His propos"-*1.
legislation would prohibit the use "
federal funds for training veterans *
schools that have definitely I"'1'"
proven to be Communist-owned. ^
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