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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 3, March 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date March 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • 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
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Title File 046
Transcript 0. 1 have jusl receive,I a cablegram from Robert Oppenheimer. which reads as follows: .[neiii Hinton was ee stall member "I the Los Alamos Laboratory when I was its Director. She worked in one <>l the groups of the Physics Division. I would hay,- written her a lettei eef appreciation eefte-e- the war. a- I «Ii*i all members <>f the laboratory. 1 recall no other recommendation feu- fellowship or posi- tieen neer serving a- character witness on any occasion. She probably called at eeur home in I.os Vlamos infrequently. We ezeeve- her mother the use nl our I pper Pecos Ranch i„ our absence some weeks one summer, probably 194S. Joan lliuteen probably visiu-.t there tli.-u in eeier absence. She was met eny guest eel Uamogordo, bul may have- been a member of tin- te-eim thai worked there. 1 ,l,t eee,t recall llii-. Do not believe I have- seen her eertie le- iu People's China or know its contents. Have not he-en in communication with Joan Hinton since she left for China. Should add that if ;,sk,-i! lo recommend Joan Hinton in 1915 hoi,lit have known leo re-aseen not to. Robert Oppenheimeb Q. I have a letter here from the United Slates Atomic Energy Commis- sieen. dated Jul) 2(>. 1954, as follows: llii- is in reply to your letter of July k2\ 1954, which ee-ke-.i that we furnish the- service record eef Joan Hinton at the- Lees Ueiieins jiro- l'e-i-1 anil advise on the extent to which sin- leeeel access lo classified information. Manhattan engineer district records show that Hinton worked ee- ee research assistant ;it l.o- Men,,,,- From February, 1911. to December, 1945. Mee-t of her weak at l.ees Meieeee,- v, els in thc development of the water healer, ee low- peevve-r realtor which has sieie-e- lee-e-u declassified. She participated in critical assembly weapon work and attended weekly scientific oeilleiepiiee. which gave h'-r access to other classified information. lie-.-.ml- show that Hinton enrolled eis ee student al the 1 niversity <>l Chicago in March. I94h, ami terminated at the end of the 1918 winter que,, Ier. Freem April. 1946. to July, 1947, -In- was a part-time assistant to Dr. Samuel K. \lli-,„, of the Institute of Nuclear Studies. Joan Hinton has never had AEC security clearance an,I 'li,l not have access to classified information after she left Los Veueios eet the. end of 1915. Sin- ha- m-ve-r been employed ley tl„- VEC or it- contractors. Sincerely yours. R. W. Cook i For K. I). Nichols, Genera] Manager.) Q. Do you nol think il rather strange, Air. Hinton. lhat your sister, with all ibis scientific background and experience, would be working em a dairy farm in Communist China al ibis lime? A. Mr. Chairman. I think lhal you invited me here to ask me about my experiences in China. I came three thou- -atnl miles at the taxpayers1 expense. Ami il seems that this turns out lhal you are conducting an investigation about mv sister and trying to get me to use against my sister. Q. Mr. Hinton, we think il would be very valuable lo ihis committee this committee is charged with a duty. We are known as the Internal Security Subcommittee of lhe Senate Judiciary Committee of lhe I nited Stales Senate. That is part of our responsibility. Now. vou have knowledge, I feel, thai vou are not giving us. Ami said awhile ago lhal vou were a good, loyal American. Why do vou not help this committee? (iMr. Hinton conferred with his counsel.) A. I am here to answer all proper questions, and that is all I will do. Q. \\ ell. il is a proper question for this committee to inquire why your sister, if you know, who had this vast experience in research in the Los Alamos project, a very sensitive projeel in this country, would now be devoting her work to a dairy farm in Communist China? Is that a proper question? A. I have told you lhat lhat is her work, and I am certainly sun- thai that is what she is doing. Q. How did she get to China? A. I decline to answer, on the same grounds, Q. You refuse to answer how your sister Joan got to China? A. On the same grounds. Q. I have here a letter to Miss Joan Hinton from Gerald Tannebaum, executive director of the Chinese Welfare Fund: China Welfare Fund Sranchai, December 12. 1947. Mis- Joan Hinton. I hicago. 111. I>i:vu Miss Hi\ ion : Ihis is to notify you that you have been Iii,,-,! ;,- [ieldworker lo the- welfare weerk of ihe- China Welfare Fund. We would like v,,,, to arrive in China to take up your duties ee- seeiiie ees possible. The- Chiini Welfare Kiiinl will lee' responsible for yeuir housing while- vein arc in China. \ en sin.-ccly y,.,,,-. Gerald Tannebaum Executive Director. Q. Did Gerald Tannebaum invite you to China ? A. I ilecline lo answer, on tbe same ground. [Here the interrogator asked lhe committee's research director to "characterize the Chinese Welfare Fund," lo which he replied. "I will read an excerpt from a letter of the China Welfare Appeal, which says: Dear Friend: lhe China Welfare Appeal, whirl, supports hospitals, schools. nurseri,-~. a,,,I numerous cultural anil educational projects iii China, is ;_'e,iiii: to semi a spe-oieil loke-u e,l friendship Iii the Chinese people- eel thi- time ill the form of hospital -applies. \ gift will he sent through ih.- i I,ma Welfare Fund, e,[ which Madame Sun Yat-sen is tin- chairman in China. The research director went on lee add that "on April 1. 1951. thc Attorney General cited the China Welfare Appeal. Inc.. as subversive." I Q. How long were you with lhe Putney School at Putney, \ I.? A. I was employed thereat two different limes, ,-ach lime for eiboill a year. 1,1. \l lhat time were vou a member eet th- Communisl parly? Cage 44 A. I decline lo answer, on tbe same grounds. z -::- # Q. Did you know Owen Lattimore? A. I decline to answer, on thc same grounds. Q. Vi asn'l he a member of tbe hoard of trustees of thai school? A. I decline lo answer, on the same grounds. i: « * Q. Your mother was the founder of that school: was she not? A. Thc founder and director. Q. Were you a member of thc Communist party when you were al school al Harvard and Cornell? A. 1 decline to answer, on th,- sain,' ground. Q. Were vou a member of the Communist party when you attended lhe Putney School? A. I decline lo answer, on lhe same ground. Q. Were you a member of the Communist party when you worked for the Putney School? A. Same answer. Q. Were you a member of the Communisl party when you were employed hv the Putney School? A. Same answer. Q. Are you a member of lhe Communisl parly as of ibis moment? A. Same answer. Q. Have you ever engaged in espionage while a member of lhe Communist party? (Mr. Hinton conferred with his counsel.) A. As for the question aboul the Communist party, lhe answer is lhe same. As lo vvlulher I ever engaged in espionage, that certainly is a very serious charge. Do you mean lhal you have a charge of that kind againsl me? Q. This committee meikes no charges- sir. We only seek information aboul th'' internal security of this country as a basis on which lo pass legislation to protect tin- security of this country. We are not making any charges. Cein vou answer lhe question or nol? A. I jusl want lo make il clear lha' that is a pretty serious charge. Q. Il certainly is a serious charge. A. Of course 1 have never engaged in espionage. Q. Have you ever engaged in research for members of the Communist parly? A. Same- answer. O. Same answer as whal? The he-1 answer? A. I ilecline lo answer. 0. A on mean your answer would lei"' lo incriminate vou. and you eli'ili'"' under the Fifth Amendment? A. I decline mi,Ier the Fifth Amen'1 ment. (Continued on Page *' FACTS FOKVM NEWS, March, /•''■'■' PACT *J»g. It Hhere t '"•Kuiti" f'ACTs
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