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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 5, May 1955
Alternate Title Facts Forum News, Vol. IV, No. 5, May 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date May 1955
Language eng
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  • 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 THE UNTOLD OPPENHEIMER STORY (Continued from Parte 7) May took tne to several meetings of this unit. The meetings I attended were devoted exclusively to lectures on Communisl theory and objectives, including the overthrow of the American governmenl by armed force at the opportune time in the future, and to answering questions of the members. There were some theoretical discussions lillse'el mi my li'Clules. \n "business" was taken up or practical work planned during mv visits to the unit. In 1941 I met many party members who either then or later were engaged in important research work leading to the development of the atomic bomb. Among them was Dr. Frank Oppenheimer. He and his wife Jacquinette were regarded as active and reliable Communists. Jacquinette ei|.|ilieel fe.r ei leave of al>- senee frnm parly work eiml activities on grounds of poor health in the summer ..I 1941. I granted the request, with approval ..f Drasnin and May. the other members of the party Secretariat for the county. This eliel mil mean leaving the party only being excused from the strenuous activities ilmi fill the liv.-- ..f Communists. The fall uf 19 11 was marked 1.7 several rather unusual events in tlie part) in Alameda County. Due day. District Organizer Schneiderman called me in San Francisco part) headquarters and gave mi' some rather strange directives. I was able In l'.i I., the Hotel Woodrovv in Oakland, eisk for a mem in a seeoml floor room, identify myself l.v ei code name. Then I was tn give full, complete, ami honest answers to every question ihis man would eiske me. I had never seen the man before. although I personally knew every ranking party leader in ihe I nited State's, and there were few secondary leaders I had not at leasl se-en in conventions anil at "enlarged" meetings or "plenums" "f the National Committee. The man spoke English fluently, though in the rather mechanical way il i-. often spoken by people from oilier countries who have learned our language well in school. Although he didn't lell me who he was or his position, I regarded mv questioner as a representative nf lhe Soviel GP1 (now the \I\T)t. He qucs- tioned me at some length regarding |ieiriv organization, strength nf sections, and places of employment ol lhe members, lint most nf the' questions related lo many individual leaders and members ..I ihe party, my evaluation of their ability and their reliability and Pane 14 devotion lo the Communist movement. Vboul December 20 I was called In ei meeting of the Districl Hiiro in San Francisco. There Schneiderman informed mi' thai a special Buro meeting had jusl been held In which I heul nol hccn called, although a member nf il. anil i»ee decisions had been made'. First. I was In go wilh my family lo I.os Angeles and receive a new part) assignment there the nature of mv work to he revealed after arrival. Second, I was In lie' succeeded as Alameda County organizer hy Steve' Nelson. I asked for lhe reasons for the decisions. Louise Todd, the Districl Or- ganizational Secretary, replied: "As an old Communist leader you should know that an organizer carries out orders and does not ask the reasons tor them. The reason tor the decision is connected with the war and the international situation. I can not say any more; I have already said too much." Mv wile, however, took ei different view nf the- decisions. Tlle long story nf our gradual disillusionment and loss nf faith in communism does tint concern the Oppenheimer narrative excepl for the mere fa. t that we we're looking for ei weiv lo gel out withoul physical danger uf "liquidation." The new pnriv order offered a perfecl excuse. My wife' refused In go to I.os Angeles, • leeTiring she did nol wish lo lake our two children nut of their schools or in epiit her wartime job wilh the Western Die' Casting Company. Her dramatic personal clash with Schneiderman ami her defiance of party orders led in our removal frnm leading positions, ami lei lhe right I heul long desired In obtain private employment. We were "permitted" to remain in Meimeelel County. In 10 12 we lieelli dropped out of the' parly hy failing lo attend meetings emd pay dues, despite repeated visits, pressure, ami threats from Steve Nelson, who had succeeded tne iii early January. (In one occasion Nelson said, nn a visil to my home. '"You should know lhat the' parly does in.I allow people who have held such leading positions eis you have lo 'drop ...ii." ' During lln war years my wife and I wen- both employed in defense industry, lu January. 1945, for reasons of health I had to leave the Hav area and move to Brownsville, Texas, whin' I obtained other defense work with Pan American \irwavs. • • • During the subsequent years we we're | —Wide World Photo Steve Nelson (right) talks with his attorney, Emanuel Bloch, after a House Un-American Activities Committee session during which Nelson admitted being a Communist but accused investigators of "trying to compel me to testify against myself." amazed at the naive' belief of mosl \merieans, including Borne of the high' est officials of the government, lhal ll'.1.' atomic bomb weis em "American secrel and that the Suv iel I nion did in'1 know hnw In make il! We were aston- ished and dismayed lo see American foreign policy based mi such a fantastic theory and conclusion. We could ""' imagine intelligence agencies failing ''' be aware of the fail lhal many Cornm0' Mi-l scientists helped In develop l'"' bomb and knew every slip and process in ils manufacture. It was far mot1 impossible to conceive of Americ*" Communists being aware' of something ..f importance withoul passine knowledge on lo which ihi vithoul passing ll"1 to the only governnit'"1 ■V owe allegiance 'I11 el government. The most fundamental and elemental principle of communism is that the governments of the United States and all °'nt" "capitalist" countries are enemy governments, that Communists and "class-consciC* workers" owe them no allegiance, and tha' ultimately American Communists, with ,ne aid of the Soviet Union and its Red Arm"' must overthrow and completely destroy b" force the present government of this nati°n; Any Communist or so-called "former" Communist who makes assertions to the contrfo is either a deliberate liar or a moron: <"V few if any morons ever pass the P<",\ screening and get into the organized Communist ranks. ll is unreasonable and unthinkab'f thai members of a party aiming al "'' defeat and destruction of the \iiiei'i'';"'. governmenl w ith the aid and supporl " the Soviel Red Army would ever I"'"1' tate to pels- on anv valuable' tnilit;"' secrets to his "true fatherland," *! Soviel Union. Anv true Comm"11,1 would regard importanl eiml effectiv espionage againsl lhe American g°verJj mini as ei great privilege-. Many wc""'1 be ready in give their lives if necessaD lo bring abnui the- victory nf lhe Ki''T", id lhe- annihilation "f the I''1"" FACTS FORUM NEWS, May, '"',' ^ACTS
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