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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
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  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • 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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Title File 049
Transcript s I already obtall rity to protect cell that had » he laboratory am afraid I j estion in my ' lany assertions, aven't agreed t ou might not «l s of thai testhl lony. ; what is the 1 I didn't ask )<* by < leneral Groves' security officers, and that was enough for me. Mr. Tavenner: In other words, you relied upon your own views as to personal integrity of the individual and you thought lhat that was superior to the duty of inquiry before taking action? Dr. Condon: I relied on my own views based on personal acquaintance, and the fact of his clearance for secret work by those who were in responsible charge of the matter of making clearance investigations. Vs far as I know, Dr. Peters' clearance status wasn't terminated until the end of the project. For all I know he may still have such clearance status. Mr. Tavenner: In other words, if a tig you if yo" person had been cleared, you would not ere just school^ listerl ,,, an) evidence which would re- I wasn't argtfh''" to the man's loyalty? iolboys. I said"1 'hi. Condon: I might listen lo il lull el I gave the n* ' miSht not believe it. lice a hypotW Mr. Tavenner: Well, you wouldn't stance in whio even lisle,, to it? inst a man if he "it. CONDON: I think that I have and hoped th*1 ''stencil to everything I have heard on ,y just saying * thi* subiect' Mr. Iavenner: Were you under the . J apprehension at the time that J. Robert I don I '»'enJ Oppenheimer had or might give this iferences IrornJeommittee information relating to any en you talk i scientists other than Dr. Bernard Peters? unheal. 11 IS S I)R Condon. N0] t ,!„„.,. reca,| ere that the pr^ whether I was. He, of course, knows, rid have no be ,]ik(> mvs(,|r_ manV] muny seicnlisls and '"■ mighl have been called upon. sn lake Dr. Opf Mr. Tavenner: Did you express to task by telling 'any person the possibility that he might ty to write at J involve other people? f the Iniversitf, Dr. Condon: I may have, and if so in vise him that lhat letter; I am not sure; it is a pos- ? sileilitv. it mav have bee« Mlt' '''"inner: \„,l it is a matter r 1 don't rciiiel*! .' >'"" had very definitely in mind; Dr. Condon: What is that? Mr. Tavenner: It is a matter which Did you also do ist his position <J you |,.1() very ,|,,filli|l.ly m""mmd? tee, it was his I lie. I'.lcrs a po! H- Institute f"r icsler as a resv-1 |)u <;,,M„,N. \h ,i; rfic ulty is .._.. . , alleged t.;-"^ have forgotlen whal ihe "it" refers to. What is the matter that I bad in mind? Mr. Tavenner: The possibility that Mr. J. Robert Oppenheimer might involve oihei scientists beside Dr. Bern- '""<! Peters. Dr. Condon: Oh, yes; if he had giver Mr. Tavenner: Just because you have personal confidence in his integrity? Dr. Condon: I didn't say he suffered unfairly; I said I don't think people should be made to suffer unfairly. Mr. Tavenner: Well, I asked you if Dr. Peters suffered unfairly. Dr. Condon: I don't know; it is my impression. Mr. Tavenner: You don't know? Dr. Condon: Yes, I would say he suffered unfairly. Mr. Tavenner: Why, what do you lease lhat on? You made no investigations. Dr. Condon: It is my opinion. OCCUPY A POSITION OF TRUST? Mr. Tavenner: Do you think he should be permitted to continue to occupy a position of trust in the education of children if he were an avowed Communist? Dr. Condon: He was not an avowed Communist. Mr. Tavenner: I am asking you that question. He didn't admit it, it is true. Dr. Condon: I don't think anybody accused him of it. Mr. Vei.de: Did you consult wilh Dr. Bernard Peters before you wrote the letter? Dr. Condon: Yes; he is a very close friend of mine. Those circumstances, Idaho Springs is a very small town, there is a convention of one hundred people and we all saw each other, and we had lunch together, and we went for walks when the meetings weren't going on, and this particular unfortunate incident that had happened to Dr. Peters which mighl have cost him a position, bill didn't, because of the fairness of the University of Rochester faculty, and the administration, was a matter of deep concern to him and to myself as a person who had had a friendly feeling toward him. It was discussed at considerable length. may hav ,- said * w/i. ' il.it >' '"' OI testimony that he is alleged "' nave given in the Rochester papers , about Bernard Pelers, why I suppose Princeton. iN-J^bo might do the same thing about other onal letter be'! people. e still friends. Mr. Tavenner: Did that have a pan Did you make in your taking Dr. Oppenheimer to task im,tion'sorinqui<Jforh» testimony? carding Dr. Vc\ . London: I expect so, yes; I don t '„'.. l)rr ()iuienhei nk llu" people should be made to ■gtd testimony H6U«" "n^'y- „ . , 'In. Iavenner: How do you know he suffered unfairly? R SECRET VVOR" Dr. Condon: Dr. Peters? , n P' ^'R- Tavenner: Yes. o as I say. Dr. . Dr Condon. j don>t know ;t. that was clears", ghoul the entit" FACTg FQRUM NEVfS> ]anxlary< 19s5 NEWS, JamiWII' —Wide World Photo Nathan G. Silvermaster as he look oath as witness before House Un-American Activities Committee in 1948. Mr. Velde: Did he help you write the letter? Dr. Condon: Nobody helps me write letters. I write them myself. Mr. Velde: How did you happen to write that one? Dr. Condon: Just I felt strongly on the issues. Oppenheimer is a friend of mine, and I wrote it. Mr. Velde: Did you dictate it? Dr. Condon: No; I think if I am not mistaken I had my portable typewriter with me and I wrote it myself or maybe I used a typewriter and typed it myself. Mr. Velde: Was anyone present at tin- time you wrote the letter? Dr. Condon: It is hard to say, I really don't remember. It easily could have been Peters or his brother, Frank, but I don't know that they were there. I am quite sure that aside from whether they were present when I wrote it, I am quite sure that I showed it to Peters before I mailed it, and so in effect it is the same sort of thing. Mr. Velde: Did you retain the copies of the letter that you wrote? Dr. Condon: I don't think so, I might have: I am not sure. Mr. Velde: Do you still have the typewriter? Dr. Condon : Yes, it is not an Underwood; it is a Corona. Mr. Velde: You do not know whether you made any copy of the letter? Dr. Condon: Not from memory. I may have it at home in my files, but I just don't know. Mr. Velde: Can you remember any words or phrases lhat you used in the1 Idler? Dr. Condon: No. Mr. Velde: With reference to Dr. Peters? WRITTEN WHILE ANGRY Dr. Condon: No; the little phrases that have been read here sound plaus- ilde. but I can't remember them; il was written in a mood of considerable irrilation and anger, and I think probably it was a little stronger than I would write it if I had it to do over again, but as I say, Oppenheimer and I were old friends and we are still friends and he lakes that sort of ihin" from me. * * • * » Mr. Tavenner: Are you acquainted with a person by the name of Nathan Gregory Silvermaster? Dr. Condon: I haven't seen him in many years; I did know him. Mr. Tavenner: Will you describe to the committee the manner in which you met him? Dr. Condon : Well, I think I met him at a social party, a dinner party, in, and very soon after coming to Washington. let us say November or December of 1945, and he was at that time an employee of the War Assets Administra- Page 47
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