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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 5, No. 3, March 1956
Series Title Facts Forum News
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  • Facts Forum
Publisher Facts Forum
Date March 1956
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. 5 1956; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Transcript Member's number MONTH Jan. I-'ch. M.ir Apr. Man Ji July Aug. S,-|H Oct. Not, Dec. 1 X X X X X X X X X X \ X X X X X \ X X X 4 \, On every occasion before congressional committees, in •'K' courts or before grand juries, Communist Party officials have refused to disclose party membership lists. In fact "ay have claimed that no such lists exist. In June, 1949, four officials of the Communist Party of Los Angeles were sentenced to jail for refusal to disclose such lists to a fed- eral grand jury. Nevertheless all signs point not only to "je existence of such lists, but to the fact that the Commu- ™st Party maintains an extensive dossier on each of its ■"•embers. It stands to reason that the party could not maintain a s°und bookkeeping system, including records of dues payments, without accurate records for each individual party •"ember. It must be remembered that the party's accounts 'll(' regularly supervised by both its national review com- "Ussion and by Communist headquarters in Moscow. On January 17, 1950, for example, the Daily Worker announced the expulsion of John Lautner, a member of the evv York State Beview Commission of the Communist '"''>'■ Printing his photograph, the announcement said that lautner himself is an enemy agent of long standing." . 'n March. 1950, Matthew Cvetic appeared as a witness "'lore the Committee on Un-American Activities, having 'n' 'd as undercover agent for the FBI within the Commu- ~J Party in Pittsburgh for a number of years. Immediately "'lowing his appearance before the committee, the Daily £°rker published, on March 3, 1950, a digest of three , ."'"'iicnts purporting to show that Cvetic had assaulted s "'ife's sister "with force and violence." The documents j*j°Iuded (1) the indictment, (2) a court order directing . "n to make financial restitution to the alleged victim this case, and (3) the decision to nol-pros the case, r, ]l'st'f>ing on September 30, 19.39, Joseph Zack Korn- j, ^'r- former member of the central executive committee of e Communist Party and at one time in charge of its trade- n,°n activity, declared: I was once asked to supply an engineer, a chemist, who K"uld personally have qualifications capable, and let us say, .'"k to other engineers higher in the profession than himself, n this instance, specifically, certain engineers of dn Pont. • was asked to do that hy Max Bedacht, who was then in '•""-'' "I tin's phase of their secret activity. Well, I reeoin- "•ended a certain individual. t0], f0rnier member of the Communist Party, a writer, has of ln a letter of his experience in checking on the record t(!, t""1"'1 Communist Party member, in connection with ir, ]Qtain '"'ticle he was writing for a Communist magazine Ch l ^'u' writer was called to the New York office ol <ih|' Oirba, then head of the control commission or dis- ,.X( "la'y board of the party. We publish a few significant ''I'ts from this letter; '"Id him of this story about having been a Com- tecarf*' "' produced a 1 k of sonic kind — it looked, as I I'i i it ''' '"*'' ;l 'arK'' ledger — and began looking through it. "y, he came on what was, apparently, a note ahont (•(] ■ It said, as I remember it, thai had been a tintnist in some city in Texas several years ago. "s 't would appear that the national headquarters ol .J^ F°Rum News, March, 1956 Wen: WORLD PHOTO Igor Gouzcnko, former Russian cipher clerk who broke a Soviet otomic spy ring in Canada in 1945, during an interview with AP writer Soul Pctt in Montreol, 1954. Masked to protect his new identity, which is known only to a select few, he continues to lead a double life. the Communist Party was in possession of membership lists for Texas. There is every reason to believe that such records are still maintained, in secret, of course, and that copies are forwarded to Communist headquarters in Moscow. Since the Communist Party, USA, is part of a world organization operating under central direction and everywhere in accordance with a uniform pattern, the testimony of Igor Gouzenko, former civilian employee at the Soviet Embassy in Ottawa, is significant. We quote from page 38 of the Report of the Canadian Royal Commission, published June 27, 1946, referring to1 biographical data dealing with Sam Carr, national organizer of the Communist (Labour-Progressive) Party of Canada: A. On every Communist there is a file at the Comintern in Moscow: for every Col twist in the whole world there is a file at the Comintern at Moscow. • ° • Q. The Comintern was supposed to have been abolished before 1945? A. Supposed to be abolished in 1943, but it is not so. • • • According to Gouzenko, the registration card kept in the 1945 dossier in the Soviet Embassy on Sam Carr, stated after the mimeographed heading "Biographical Data," the following typed entry, in Russian: "Detailed biographical information is available in the Centre in the Comintern." In his biographical study, This Is yiy Story, Louis F. Budenz, former managing editor of the Daily Worker and former member of the national committee of the Communist Party, described in detail the party's method of keeping individual records: Records are kept of each member in any kind of key post, fust as tlioy would be for those engaged by any other espionage system. When a member takes up a new post, he must file a complete new biography. This is checked for new data anil also to observe if it differs from the ones previously Bled. In his biography he is required to list his relatives, where they were borp and now live, their occupation, and his relations with them. His entire personal and labor history must be given — previous marriages if any, his children and his arrests ° " °. He must also give a complete accounting of his financial resources, the average salary he has received throughout his working life, any bonds or other property he ever owned, and what he now owns, if anything. ° ° * His party record st he given in detail (p. 2:35). With this information in its hands, the party is in a position to blackmail any possible recalcitrant and to exercise highly potent means of personal pressure, (Continued on Page 48) Page 15 /
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