0. 1 have jusl receive,I a cablegram
from Robert Oppenheimer. which reads
.[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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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,.,,,-.
Q. Did Gerald Tannebaum invite you
to China ?
A. I ilecline lo answer, on tbe same
[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,
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?
A. I decline lo answer, on tbe same
z -::- #
Q. Did you know Owen Lattimore?
A. I decline to answer, on thc same
Q. Vi asn'l he a member of tbe hoard
of trustees of thai school?
A. I decline lo answer, on the same
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,'
Q. Were vou a member of the Communist party when you attended lhe
A. I decline lo answer, on lhe same
Q. Were you a member of the Communist party when you worked for the
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
(Mr. Hinton conferred with his
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
Q. Have you ever engaged in research
for members of the Communist parly?
A. Same- answer.
O. Same answer as whal? The he-1
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
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