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Identified as Moscow's most valued spy, Gerhart Eisler (1897 1968) - was arrested in October of 1947 and charged with espionage. Standing before the House Committee on Un-American Activities, Eisler refused to take the oath before reading a statement:

Refusing to hear that statement, the committee asked the Justice Department to charge Eisler with

Contempt
Perjury
Conspiracy to overthrow the government
Evasion of income
Falsification of passport

As if his own defiance was not enough to darken his future, Eisler's guilt became even more evident by the testimony of Ruth Fischer and Wiliam Nowell; Nowell was an African-American communist and Moscow-trained labor agitator and Fischer, a reformed communist, was Eisler's sister.

Having lost his final appeal in 1949, Eisler evaded his date with the hangman and made his way to East Germany where he received a hero's welcome.

Additional magazine and newspaper articles about Cold War spies can be read on this page.

From Amazon: Gerhart Eisler, Petitioner, v. the United States of America. U.S. Supreme Court Transcript of Record with Supporting Pleadings

     


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Comrade Spy (Pathfinder Magazine, 1947)

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