Jewish Spies of Post WWII Communism
By Ian McKinney

During the early 1950's numerous investigations and trials were conducted against communist agents. Here follows a brief summary of the most well-know cases which demonstrate the disproportionate involvement of Jews in communist activities against the United States in the Cold War era.

"The Amerasia Case": In early 1945 the FBI arrested six persons for stealing 1700 highly classified State Department documents. Three of the six were Jews:

Philip Jaffe, a Russian Jew who was the former editor of the communist paper, "Labor Defense". He was convicted and fined.

Andrew Roth, a Brooklyn Jew, was a lieutenant in Naval Intelligence.

Mark Gayn, a Russian Jew, (real name is Julius Ginsberg), was a writer.

"Alger Hiss Case": Hiss, although a communist, was one of the most influential men in the State Department and an advisor to FDR. He was a protege of Jewish Supreme Court Justice, Felix Frankfurter. Despite Frankfurter's court appearance as a character witness, the evidence was enough that Hiss was convicted of perjury and sentenced to five years. (Frankfurter was also a active defender of the Rosenbergs.)

"Gerhard Eisler Case": Eisler, a Jew and the highest-ranking member of the communist party ever brought to trial, was the secret boss of the communist party between 1935 and 1947. In May of 1950, while free on bail, Eisler fled the U.S. and later became the propaganda chief of communist Eastern Germany. His sister, Ruth, was a communist agent for a number of years.

"The Hollywood Ten": In 1950 ten leading film writers of the Hollywood Film Colony were convicted of contempt of Congress and sentenced to prison. Nine of the ten were Jews:

Alvah Bessie, a screen writer, wrote for the party publication, New Masses.
Herbert Biberman, a communist party member.
Lester Cole, a communist party member.
Edward Dmytryk, belonged to fifteen communist fronts.
Ring Lardner, Jr., a communist party member.
John Lawson, a Broadway playwrite and communist party member.
Albert Maltz, a screen writer and communist party member.
Samuel Ornitz, a screen writer.
Adrian Scott, nationality unknown.
Dalton Trumbo, a communist party member.

"The American Politburo": The case exposed the fact that at least six of eleven members of the National Secretariat of the American Communist Party were Jewish. Those identified as Jews were:

Jacob Sachel, John Gates (real name, Israel Regenstreif), Gilbert Green (real name, Greenberg), Gus Hall (real name, Arvo Mike Halberg), Irving Potash, and Carl Winter (Weissberg). The racial identity of Eugene Dennis (real name, Waldron), Robert Thompson, and John Williamson are unknown. (The real names of these Jewish communists were revealed in the August 1950 issue of Readers Digest.)

"Fuchs-Gold Spy Ring": Atomic scientist, Klaus Fuchs, (not a Jew), was brought to America at the personal instigation of Albert Einstein. While working on the Manhattan Project, Fuchs had access to our innermost atomic secrets from 1942 to 1945. Based upon information obtained from interrogations of Fuchs, the FBI began investigations which resulted in the arrest of nine other members of the spy ring. Of the nine, who were all convicted, eight were Jewish:

Harry Gold, pivotal ring member along with Fuchs, was arrested in 1950, pleaded guilty to espionage, and sentenced to thirty years.

David Greenglass, passed atomic secrets to Gold and Julius Rosenberg. Greenglass's wife, Ruth, worked as a courier, passing information between her husband and the Rosenbergs. He was released from prison in 1960.
Abraham Brothman, headed an engineering firm and supplied Gold with secret information on aviation gasoline, turbo aircraft engines, and synthetic rubber. He was convicted of conspiracy aginst the U.S.

Miriam Moscowitz, an associate of Brothman, was convicted.

Julius Rosenberg, an electrical engineer, not only stole plans for the highly secret proximity fuse, but, as has been recently discovered, stole the fuse itself and delivered it intact to his Soviet handlers. He was a fanatical communist, an active espionage recruiter and aided in the theft of numerous other important atomic secrets. He was convicted and sentenced to death.

Ethel Rosenberg, wife of Julius, and sister to David greenglass, typically assisted her husband and was convicted of the same charges. The Rosenbergs were executed on June 19,1953.

Morten Sobell, passed secret radar information to Rosenberg. He was convicted of conspiracy to commit espionage and sentenced to thirty years.

It should be noted that the chief of the Los Alamos atomic installation was Robert Oppenheimer, a Jew, who was recently confirmed as a communist agent by former high-ranking KGB official, Pavel Sudoplatov (not a Jew, but married to a Jewess), in his book - Special Tasks.

"Second-String Politburo": After the convictions of the first-string, "American Politburo", a second-string was scheduled to take over the communist operations. In 1951, the Justice Department indicted the whole group. The new group consisted of 21 members, 14 of which were Jews:

Israel Amtor, Marian Maxwell, Isadore Begun, Alexander Bittelman, George Charney, Betty Gannett, Simon Gerson, Victory Jerome, Jacob Mindel, Alexander Trachenberg, Louis Weinstock, William Weinstone, Fred Fine, William Marron, Sidney Steinberg.

Of the non-Jews indicted, James Jackson, Petty Perris, and Claudia Jones, were negroes.

"The Round-up": On July 1951, the FBI arrested 15 leading communists party officials on the West Coast. A few days later, five more leaders were arrested on the East Coast. All were charged with conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government. Of the 15 arrested on the West Coast, six were identified as Jews:

Henry Steinberg, Rose Chernin, Frank Carlson, Benjamin Dobbs, Frank Spector, Al Richmond, and Carl Lambert.

Four of five of those arrested in the East were Jews:

Regina Frankfeld, George Meyers, Philip Frankfeld, and Rose Blumberg.

That concludes the summary of the bigger cases against communists in the 1950's. It is worth mentioning three Aryans: Whittaker Chambers, Elizabeth Bentley ("The Red Spy Queen"), and Vanderbilt Fields. All three later renounced their affiliations with the communist party and provided valuable information and testimony that lead to investigations and convictions. Not coincidentally, all three of these former communists were married to Jews.

Ronald Radosh and Joyce Milton. The Rosenberg File. Yale University Press. New Haven and London. 1997. ISBN 0-300-07205-8
Frank Britton, Behind Communism.
Maj. Robert H. Williams. Know Your Enemy.
Pavel and Anatoli Sudoplatov. Special Tasks. Little, Brown and Company. New York. 1995. ISBN 0-316-82115-2

Photos from Behind Communism.

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