ernment official in the West of the warlike nature of communism.
The formal college course described
above does not however present the
whole story, since the students were given
practical as well as classroom training.
As part-time activity the three-year students were attached to various branches
of the Comintern or Profintern (Labor
International I for work that took precedence over classes. Kornfeder was attached to the Anglo-American secretariat. He and many other students were
also encouraged to write for Pravda and
other official organs and to contribute
radio scripts for propaganda broadcasts
beamed eit the countries of the student s
origin. Extra pay was given for ihis kinel
At the end of the course most students
Men- required to write a thesis, usually
on the subject of their home countries
■is related to some revolutionary theme.
But in the cases of certain unusually apt
students, private coaching would be substituted. Kornfeder received such coach-
mg from Dmitri Z. Manuilsky, then the
dean of thc college (later Foreign Minister of the Ukraine).
ll was during these private talks that
Manuilsky laid down the dictum on
Peace" thai recently has had the New
York Daily Worker in a froth. What
Manuilsky told Kornfeder was this:
Weir lo the hilt, between communism ami capitalism, is inevitable. J'eeeleiv. of course, we are not
strong enough to attack. Our time
will come in twenty or thirty years.
To win we shall need the element of
surprise. The bourgeoisie will have
lo be put to sleep. So we shall begin
bj launching the most spectacular
peace movement on record. There
will be electrifying overlures ami
unheard-of concessions. The Capitalist countries, stupid and decadent.
u ill rejoice to cooperate in their own
destruction. They will leap at another chance to be friends. As soon
as their guard is down, we shall
smash them with our clenched fist!"
I In- \cw York Daily News, alarmed
') I . S. acquiescence lo the projected
'''mu Power conference "at the summit,"
Tote an editorial around this Manuilsky
Prediction which bad been published in
*1 article in the periodical. Human
Events, in 1953. The Daily Worker, with
■font |.eigc fanfare, challenged the News
'' reveal its source, claiming that the
Wotation did not appear in the published
jjorks of Manuilsky in the Library of
Probably lhe alleged library research
Ns humbug, as any Communist would
""u ibeit such a statement would never
3511 in tin1 exported winks of a high
the quotation was missing it no doubt
had been removed by "the Ministry of
Truth" as in George Orwell's Nineteen
Eighty-four. The significance of the outburst in the Communist press however is
that the Communists are desperately
anxious to discredit any intelligence that
has leaked out of their revolutionary
Kornfeder had a short private interview with Stalin backstage at the Bol-
shoi Theater during a ballet. Standing in
a little buffet, from which the bartender
was dismissed before the conversation
began, they talked through an interpreter
for a half-hour over black caviar, smorgasbord and vodka. Stalin asked questions about a factional fight in the American Communist party. The impressive
thing about the episode is the interest
displayed by Stalin in a foreign student
and in Ihe politics of lhe American
During his two-month summer vacations Kornfeder traveled in south Russia and the Caucasus with several other
students. On one of these trips, while
in the Kuban, the students were startled
when the local party secretary was killed
by a sniper. A few weeks later at Kislo-
vodsk, in a primitive region of the Caucasus, they were awakened in lhe night
bj gunfire. In the morning it developed
that the resident G.P.U. chief and his
No. 2 man had been lured into a mountain ambush and shot. In Moscow Kornfeder reported on his trip to S. Losovsky.
a high Comintern official, and described
these incidents with some puzzlement.
Losovsky at once became very impatient
and superior. "You Americans are children in these matters," he snapped.
"There is not a single day that from
fyiel official. At any rate the News'
'"'! editorial writer put the Worker
''ally in its place' bv suggesting lhat if
''ACTS FORUM NEWS, September, 1955
—Wlda World Photo
William C. Nowell, American Negro who
attended Lenin University, testified as a
prosecution witness in the Communist conspiracy trial that a 1930 Communist party
convention supported setting up a Negro
nation in the U. S. He also told of Red
activities in the labor movement.
ihree to twelve Soviet officials are not
.assassinated. The class tear is going on
all the time'
The experiences of John llladun and
William Odell Nowell at Lenin University were roughly parallel to Kornfed
er's, though they attended several years
llladun, a Canadian of I kranian extraction, was drawn into the party
through a Greek church social club that
Canadian Communists had penetrated.
An interesting facet of his story is thai
when he sailed for Europe on the way
lo Moscow he was instructed to talk tei
fellow passengers in the most reactionary
language he could devise.
Another part of his stor> that also
illustrates the precautions taken to keep
the Lenin school secret was the handling
of his passport. It was taken up bv a
"special section" of the Comintern upon
his arrival, and he was assigned the
cover name of John Logan to use while in
Moscow, The point was lhat no student
was supposed to know Ihe line names
of his classmates. llladun says that there
were 6.000 foreign students being trained
w he'll he was in Moscow in 1931.
Nowell is one of the Lenin University
Negroes who has long since become an
anti-Communist. Others are Leonard Pal-
lerson and Manning Johnson, both of
whom have testified before congrcssion-
eil committees. Another, Claude Light-
foot, is still a Communist and was recently a defendant in a Smith Act trial.
and the object of oceans of crocodile
tears in the Communist press.
While at the school, Nowell had the
extraordinary gall to buck a pel idea
of Comrade Stalin's. This supposedly all-
know ing "leader and teacher of lhe working class" had delivered himself of the'
brilliant theory that American Negroes
must be encouraged toward "nationalism." This meant that, come the revolution in America, there would be established a "black belt" republic comprising
all the southeastern stales from South
Carolina through Texas, the while population to be exterminated or transported
lo sla\e labor camps elsewhere. Tin \e
groes in lhe northern stales were lo be
collected int.. enclaves apart from the
while's -o thai they could dictate theii
Nowell, a- spokesman for mosl of the
American Negroes then in Moscow, argued lhal American Negroes were trying
to get away from segregation, not exaggerate it, and that therefore this was a
poor way lo attract them to communism.
Needless to say, "the great I Am," Stalin,
rejected ihis heresy. Nowell was lucky to
get home alive, and there is evidence that
the "black belt" theory is still Kremlin
poliev. It is also thought tbat a certain
prominent Communisl Negro singer has
been promised the Commissarship of
such a black "Soviel Socialist Republic"