- The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors by Herbert Romerstein
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This is most definitely not an attack on the Left--as some seem to believe.
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The authors merely exposed what was happening at that time in the US. For more generalized information on the evils and Although aware of Communist infiltration previously the extent and severity of government compromise is more extensive and troubling than before the release of the Venona documents. In the Venona documents secret Soviet cable traffic from the s that the United States intercepted and eventually decrypted finally became available to American historians. Because there is need for another look at this important volume.
The main reason for that need is that schools, universities, and media, all ignore the explosive findings presented in this and in similar works. Gingrich, who earned a doctorate in history from Tulane U. Hopkins was so close to Pres. Roosevelt, he literally lived in the White House. Had Gingrich read the Venona book, he surely would have avoided the Bannon-Hopkins comparison, because in Venona on learns that Harry Hopkins was a Soviet agent.
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This was his attitude in the early at the height of Stalinism. This is another reason why we should read, and re-read The Venona Secrets. Here is an example of how the Venona volume of can shed light on the pro-Communist propaganda spinning in the schools and on PBS-TV. One activist interviewed at length perhaps more than any other in this film was Steve Nelson, who was born in what is today, Croatia in to Hungarian parents.
He arrived in America in , and was soon working in Pennsylvania slaughter houses and other non-professional jobs. He looks and sounds like a typical American blue-collar worker. For the documentary Nelson describes his efforts to organize laborers into various unions at times when unions were barely legal. Nelson relates one incident when, after his arrest, he was interrogated by police. One hit his jaw so hard that Nelson passed out with that question.
A cartoon recreated the scene. In the late s Nelson, along with 3, other radical Americans, joined the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, part of the Communist-sponsored International Brigades to defend Republican Spain against Francisco Franco and his fascist rebels. Nelson expresses sorrow at the loss of comrades who fell in the fight.
In the case of Steve Nelson, the government was indeed listening in. Nelson instructed Weinberg to gather and send him information from other Party members working with him on the atomic bomb project at the Univ. Nelson also told Weinberg to inform the comrades working there to destroy their CP membership books, and refrain from using liquor. The Soviet official instructed the America Communist to establish an espionage network in the American atomic program.
Because of the release of the Venona documents, we now know that Nelson lied.
The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors by Herbert Romerstein
We have known this for over a decade. If you read Venona you will learn that the Rosenbergs were not the only atomic spies. That there was good reason to suspend the security clearance of Dr. Robert Oppenheimer in the s, and wonder why it was not suspended earlier. Even Eleanor Roosevelt sought to close down the Venona project of recording and trying to decipher messages sent to the Soviets. One learns that leaders of the American CP vetted members to find who would best serve as Soviet agents. These agents probably hastened the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and delayed a possible German surrender to the western Allies in WWII by publicizing the draconian Morganthau Plan to turn a defeated Germany into a backward, impoverished, agricultural land.
And after reading Venona, one can conclude that the CPUSA was probably the 3rd most influential political organization in 20th century America.
It may have influenced the Communist take-over in China, the Korean War, and Soviet atomic bombs and industrial development as when an American CP member developed the first Soviet computer. While many on the Left stress the halcyon days of the popular front, the Venona volume reminds us of Communist rhetoric during the Hitler-Stalin Pact. One duty of the CP leadership was to keep the spy system hidden. Furthemore, if none of those already involved in spying quit because of the Hitler-Stalin Pact, that was not true of the general membership. Clearly, not all members of the CP were so enamored of the Soviet Union.
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Overall, Romerstein and Breindel have written a book as pertinent today as when it was first published in It is a book needed to counteract the propaganda still emitting from the academy and the media. Can be a bit of a dry read but that is the nature of the material. Still should be required reading for American history courses. Excellent Book; a good reference to back up the facts found in stories regarding Russian Spies in the United States.
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The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors
Published 8 months ago. Published 11 months ago. The authors merely exposed what was happening at that time in the US. For more generalized information on the evils and Although aware of Communist infiltration previously the extent and severity of government compromise is more extensive and troubling than before the release of the Venona documents. In the Venona documents secret Soviet cable traffic from the s that the United States intercepted and eventually decrypted finally became available to American historians.