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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • 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 051
Transcript K t person alone. At that time Mrs. ER- One of the rtk^Tmasler <^so learned photography ;rs'of that unAe\helpffthU. 1r. Mundt: Have you seen Mr. Sil- ■ So she said in b<f"asler '"■ the basement of his home I EUegs citing this apparatus photographing ier: Did you Tns\*rnment documents? ce the committee fliss Bentley: Not Mr. Silvermaster. t you had about ws in the basement with Mr. Ullmann I Mrs. Silvermaster while Mr. Silver- -. This committeeWr was upstairs. It was not thought Eli: Yes. e lur everyone to be in the basement No; I have wtptltaneously. ou say you never saw any photo- hie equipment in the home? R. Condon: I was never in their ment. MR. Tavenner: Did you ever learn getting answers is committee. ier: Did you ha' nit his acli\ itiea tion. sdon: No. . -. . .,* .oTiuirlf" Mr. Silvermaster any interest that E Or HIS AC1IVH"", , . , i o cv, , ,-, • Alii '" Photography? : No, I didn t. AUf,R CoNI liss Bentley s occu taken, in th. "I "ON'T THINK SO" rsl heard thai suOJIr. Tavenner: Did Mr. Silvermaster ng given secretly T ask you for the production of any lout April "f I'ttf.iuments? s before this <'."*)n. Condon: No, I don't think so. - "'"I "I that Ii""" /Ir. Tavenner: You never gave him a """I "I ' ""'"""'aiment on any occasion? y acquaintance *U ^ N T d , ^ in order that the) » all of the circuaf"' Iavenner: Did you meet Mr. that having done to311" '" the home of Mr. Silver- nt of Commerce, (*"• leem that il was i'0™- Condon: Yes; I met him. le further. JIr. Tavenner: Did you talk to Mr. ner: To whom djnann about photography? )epartmenl of Cai"i*)R. Condon: Not about photography. ,-: Mr. Adrian h^R. Tavenner: About government in- was the Solicitor Jon q{ charact&er? f^T'Vv b<5>R' Condon: No. of the loyalt; -" il.al time he was oWR. Iavenner: Or documents? board lR. Condon: No; Mr. Ullmann re- » » » # -d in the home, and he was a bache- who roomed there and he was pres- ,ni:r: Returning when I visited there and he was in- I want lo read ' /leil ; Miss Bentley, or in the general conversation. BR. Tavenner: You state that you ., j iff met Mr. Silvermaster in the home "'"','' '" "' '!,„',,Johl' Marsalka, and lhat you had Silvermusler\ "*>n him rather intimately. ■nt a home-made opr. p », ,. j ,. nt' London: .Now you are writing it lung documents. /'" i ;„,- , , „ ,J , ■ , u- ,i ■ ...llafi 'ntimately. 1 had known him nents in their cell«"±. . , ,' ,. j j , i„ner a period ol lour or five years in nderslumt. put /".-' siiur„, , who is quite clC' C I had a rack on *«■ Tavenner: 1 understood you to men, was slack '"' >0U knew h'm w<-" niriti it f/.N suit " . . unit they hud " ™' Condon: Well, you said "inti- iere the papers iic'^'ely, and I don't know what the '.• Inn aclualh ■*"".' ' ippiiratus on l11"' . "/ YOU? ,,, ey: 1 es, I did. . ,: Iml Mr. I iu connotes, and I had met him at I a dozen different social occasions, I that is about all. I don't think I ever been in his house, for example. Tavenner: Did you have—you you had not been in his house? "ey: Mr. CUmann **"• Condon: I don't think so. itographer ll "'"•' PR' Tavenner: Where was the social ography when 3 «><>n held? photograph dneii"" 'R. Condon: They were mostly these ho operated it eX^ of general public-interest political then he was eiti las too much lo be *tTS FORUM NEWS, January, 1955 !UM NEWS, Janm meetings of one sort or another in a hotel ballroom or in a place like the public library having an auditorium, or something of that sort. Mr. Tavenner: Did you have knowledge of the fact that Mr. Marsalka's service with the State Department was terminated due to doubt as to his loyalty to the United States and due to inefficiency and unreliability? Dr. Condon: No, I had heard that it was terminated; but I never heard the grounds. Mr. Moulder: Have you seen him since that date? Dr. Condon: John Marsalka? I don't think that I have seen him in four or five years, certainly not more than casually. At about the time in question, namely, about 1948 or so, he became professor of history at Yale University, and went there, and if I have seen him it would be just a chance meeting, that is about all. Mr. Moulder: This discharge from the State Department occurred after you knew him? Dr. Condon: To be quite honest, I don't know that it was a discharge; I know he worked as a young staff man in our embassy in Moscow at some period either before World War II or during it, and then he was not there any longer, and it is here described as having been discharged, and it was terminated, but I don't really know the circumstances. Mr. Tavenner: Were you acquainted with Polya Havicht? Dr. Condon: That name I don't recognize. Maybe if you give me some e-ireumstances I can recall it. Mr. Tavenner: Do you know of any association that that person may have bad with Vassili Zubilin, an attache of the Soviet Embassy in Washington? Dr. Condon: These names are very difficult. In one of the speeches in the Congressional Record, Mr. Vinogradoff is referred to as Mr. Dempsey Vinogradoff, and I doubt if any Russian ever had ihe- first name of Dempsey, and his firsl name was actually Dmitri. MIGHT TEND TO INCRIMINATE Mr. TAVENNER: Are you acquainted with the fact that Mr. Silvermaster, Mr. Nathan Gregory Silvermaster, has been before this committee on several occasions and has refused to testify regarding ihe photographic equipment in his home and the receipt of documents and the transmission of ihem to Miss Bentley as a courier on the ground thai lo do so might lend to incriminate him? Dr. Condon: No; I am not aware of that testimony, except insofar as it was excerpted in this recent thing in the Congressional Record in June of this year. I may have read about it in the newspapers al thai time. My recollection was lhat aboul mid-1947 or so he moved away from Washington, or whenever it was, about then, and I haven't seen him since, and I don't know where he is now. for example. Mr. Moulder: The committee would like to take a recess at this time. Let us return at 6:30. (Whereupon, at 5:30 p.m., a recess was taken until 6:30 p.m. the same day. I EVENING SESSION (The committee reconvened, pursuant to recess at 6:30 p.m., Representatives Morgan M. Moulder, Harold H. Velde, and Donald L. Jackson being present, and Mr. Moulder presiding.) Mr. Moulder: The committee will be in order. Mr. Tavenner: Dr. Condon, I note from the article that you prepared for publication in the Congressional Record that you said with regard to Silver- master: Nothing whatever in my association with him gave me the slightest reason to believe, and therefore I do not believe, that he is other than a loyal American who was trying to do a conscientious job for the government. Is that your belief in the light of the testimony which you have heard me read and which was offered by Elizabeth Bentley? Dr. Condon: No; I think I would have to put in some qualifications on that now that I have read the material that was ill the Congressional Record in June. Mr. Tavenner: But you knew at the time— Dr. Condon: It is still a fact lhat nothing in my association with him was improper, or even suggested, that bis behavior in any other of his associations was improper, but, of course, if there is testimony against him— Mr. Tavenner: You knew of the ex- istence of that testimony back during the year in which it was given, did you not? KNEW BENTLEY TESTIFIED Dr. Condon: Hut not in as detailed a way as to its content, and I just knew that Elizabeth Bentley had testified against him. Mr. Tavenner: But you have already told the committee that when you saw that, you went to the Commerce Department and told them all you knew. Dr. Condon: Oh, no; certainly not. Mr. Tavenner: Didn't I understand you to say that? Dr. Condon: What I told them was that I told the Commerce Department about these matters fifteen months before Miss Bentley's testimony to this committee, on the occasion of my learning that he was being investigated by the FBI. Mr. TAVENNER: How did you learn Page 49
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