Revisiting Witnesses: 1940s
In America, the domestic Cold War began with naming names by defectors from the Communist or Soviet cause. For years, the accuracy of their stories was subject to debate. More recently, a consensus developed that those witnesses were speaking the truth -- with corroboration coming from former Soviet archives opened in the early ’90s and documents decrypted in the course of the Venona program. Now, a decade later, this consensus looks premature. Retracing the steps of earlier researchers uncovered a wealth of archival documentation — from Russian, American, British and other sources – to cross-check what the witnesses said.
- A 2009 Chambers Primer
- Whittaker Chambers in CPUSA files: 1927-1932
- Whittaker Chambers: The Underground Years
- The “Dinner Party” at the Fields’ I: Whittaker Chambers’s and Hede Massing’s Accounts (1939-1948)
- The “Dinner Party” at the Fields’ II: Noel Field’s Account, Comments by Massing and others (1948-1954)
- The “Dinner Party” at the Fields’ III: Skeletons in the Closet (1990s-2009)
- The Baltimore Documents: A Legal Issue
STILL MORE TO COME:
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