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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
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  • 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 \uieiieein "capitalist" government. Those foolish enough to believe' anv true Communisl would nol welcome an opportunity to engage in espionage for the Soviet I iiiim should read Thc Struggle igainst Imperialist II ur and lhe Tasks of the Communists, adopted ai ihe Sixth World Congress of the Communisl International and reaffirmed by the Seventh and lasl World Congress. In it they will find such language as ihis: I lie lie.I \iiiiv i- iii,i an 'e'li.'itiy' army, bul the army nf lhe' international proletariat. In tlle event .if ee iveir ee^'eeieest the Soviel Union. 'li.' workers in capitalist countries musl nol eillnw themselves to be seeue-.t from supporting: the Red Vrmy eunl from expressing this support hy fighting eie-eeinst their own bourgeoisie, l.y the charge eef treason theii the bourgeoisie may hml ei^eiin-i them. (From page 29.) Sylvia and I slowly regained our faith "i the' American governmenl after our disillusionment ami break with communism. After we became convinced thai uic victory of world communism would "ring aboul ei thousand years or more of slavery and terror and destroy everything world while' in civilization, we still, for a long lime, looked upon the American governmenl as "a lesser evil.'' When our failh in American institutions was gradually restored ami we recovered completely frnm ihe virus of communism, we- hesitated aboul going lo lhe FBI and placing our veist knowledge uf the lied conspiracy al lln' ilis- posal nf ihe government. There was -'ceit physical danger involved, and lhe fear w,' mighl meet the- [ate of Juliet ^Uiarl Poyntz, Laura Law uf Aberdeen. wash.; Lveieit Hudson nf Los An- -'l.s. eiml others who had been liquidated after breaking with lhe- lied- was 1,0 imaginary danger. And if we eli'l ""I nii'i't that fate, we well knew how ""' Communists would smear our char- :i,,eis. fabricate false charges and would ~''k tee remove all opportunities for employment. If we escaped physical tnur- '"'• Svlvia and I and our two chil- 'lr''ti mighl well starve to death. These ■actors long sealed our lip- as we read '',' congressional investigations of war- '"'"■ atomic espionage in Maraeda •ounty ami elsewhere. I" December, 1917. after a family '""fi'i.-n. c that included the children. I Phoned the LIU for em appointment, and )hia eiml I placed mir knowledge at "' 'lisposeil of our government. I'm- a w'"' eiml a half this was nn a secret and ^nfidential basis, bul in May. 1949. '"' wen' subpoenaed bv congressional Committees. Before going to Washington for tcsli- .""Uy before' the llnus,, Conitlliltce on ""American Activities. I Casually re- . '"''keel I,, ;i reporter on the Miami ■ jev/spaper where I was then employed j'1.11 I believed Dr. J. Robert Oppe'll- '"" r had been eit ei Communis! meet- —Wide World Photo William Schneiderman ing where I made a report in 1911. though my wife and I could nut hi' posilivc from newspaper pictures, eiml thai I intended lo mention ihi- to the committee investigators in Washington. After phone' conversations vvilh someone in Washington, sorai ■ I presumed to be in thi' governmenl and In spi'eik authoritatively, ibis reporter called me into ;i side office. He said that I should not mention the name of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer in Washington, that he had been advised by the man he had talked with, not identified by name, that Dr. Oppenheimer had cooperated with the government and had assisted in "catching Soviet agents." I accepted this story in good failh. I was lold lhal litis dill met in any weiv apply In Dr. Frank Oppenheimer ami thai my wife eunl I could testify fullv legarding knowledge of him. On Mav 25. 1949, in the crowded corridors nf the old House Office Building and lln- waiting rooms of ihe House Committee mi I n-American \ctivities, Sylvia and I recognized eil sight three former "comrades' we heul nut seam fur more' them seven years. They were all importanl atomic scientists Professor Clarence lliskey. lir. Joseph Weinberg -sell David I'inllln. We we'll' find lhal David llnhm heul "loyalty board" nf atomic ami Profei amazed In been on ;t scientists! Svlvia and I identified Dr. Frank Oppenheimer eiml his wife' Jacquinette as Inning been members of ihe Communist party in Alameda County in 1911. Three weeks later bulb were called before tin' House Committee eiml when placed under oath ihej admitted former'' membership, until sunictinie in I'M I. lull they refused In print- that tin ir loyalty in the Reds weis completely in the pasi by their refusal In name Pacts FORUM NEWS, May, 1955 others who had belonged lee the seinii' units with them. Dr. frank Oppenheimer, indeed, gave tin- must amazing reason for leaving the party. He told lhe Congressmen that be "left the partv because' it i|i(| not try hard enough to convince people nf the fundamental correctness ol ils program!" 1 be younger nl the Oppenheimer brothers did nol explain why. in 1917. be bail threatened ;t libel suit againsl the II iisliiiigion Times-Herald fur saving lhal he- bail once belonged lo the Communisl party. During the ne\i six months, after conversations with many people in intelligence agencies, I learned that there was im foundation for ihe statement thai Dr. J. Roberl Oppenheimer had helped "catch" einv Suv iii agents. When I met thc Miami newspaperman who heul in 1919 mill in,' of ih,' phone call from Washington, I eiskcd him lhe identity of the man win. bail made these stale- nionls. He seiid he could nut recall. Seeing an issue of LIFE magazine in October, 1949, I positively recognized the cover picture of Dr. J. Robert Oppenheimer as being the same man as the individual previously referred to as Professor Z. I -aw the copy of Life ill the Min neeipnlis airport as I was enroute in Seattle. I immediately senl em airmail postcard in my wife in Miami, idling her tn gel ee eeepv. She was almost sure, bul nol as positive in her identification eis I heul been. She did mil make a definite and unqualified identification of Dr. Oppenheimer until she saw another picture of him. also in Life, in the winter nf 1950. Thai picture, with Svlvia- handwritten identification nn the margin, has been in lhe files of the California Senate Fact-Finding Committee on I n-Amciii em Aclivilii's since March eef 1950. A short lime after publication of that picture both Sylvia ami I s;i\, |)r. Oppenheimer in March Oi 'Finn-. She seiw ii iii Miami; I saw il in California. Mureh Of Times close-tip sound mnv i.s ..i Dr. Oppenheimer provided even meeie' pn-iii\i- identification than thi' Life photos. In November, 1919, I weis called to San I rancisco as a wiim-ss in the' perjury trial nf Harry Bridges. During the weeks I weis waiting in take the stand, llii agents spent considerable lime with tne in intensive searches for all ur anv nf three houses in lhe Bay area. The first house in which the governmenl was interested wets tbe- place where the Districl Buro heul mil during Men eiml June uf 1911. in San I'rancisco. It was a very unusual house, easv in recognize, ami I drew diagrams of the exterior ami interior. I had been taken In meetings there bv Walter Lambert, Steve Nelson, anil other Buro members from San Francisco, and had never known the address. All efforts in find ii failed eit lhal time, bul I have been informed PaRe IS
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