at Being a Spy - Malcolm Cowley, a noted literary historian,
recalls a conversation he had with Whittaker Chambers in 1940,
in which Chambers named Francis B. Sayre, Alger Hiss's boss
in the Trade Agreements Division of the State Department, as
the head of the Communist underground. Cowley had recorded the
conversation with Chambers in his diary and testified about
it for the defense at both trials.
it So? - Whittaker Chambers told HUAC that Alger Hiss was
deaf in one ear. Here, Alger Hiss responds.
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Drama of Contradictions - This newsreel clip sets the
stage for "the trial of the century."
Beginnings of the McCarthy Era
- Alger Hiss discusses why he and other New Dealers became political
targets following the death of FDR. (Audio Only)
Loyalty Tests - Former State Department official Oliver
Edmund Clubb talks what happened to him after Chambers named him
as a Communist.
- Alger Hiss discusses his relationship with the man he knew as
Higher Purpose - In this newsreel footage Chambers
defends himself against accusations that he is upholding an old
grudge against Hiss.
Questions Actions by the Government
- Alger Hiss discusses how the government circumvented the statute
of limitations on espionage in order to indict him.
End of A Career - Former United Nations official David Zablodowsky,
who was a college classmate of Chambers, discusses how Chambers'
accusations ruined his career.
Boasted About It" - Alger Hiss offers his thoughts on
Chambers' claims to have been a spy; David Zablodowsky recalls
Chambers' bizarre behavior.
Me or Believe Chambers" -
At the April 5, 2007 conference on Alger Hiss and History
at NYU, Hiss's stepson, speaking publicly for the first time
on the case, delivered a firm rebuke to those who say his
stepfather was guilty. "I was there," Dr. Timothy Hobson
said. "Chambers wasn't." Click
here to see the
first excerpt from Hobson's powerful speech. Click
here to see part
Alger Hiss on the "Tomorrow Show" with Tom Snyder - These three clips are from 1980. Hiss and John Lowenthal, whose film, "The Trials of Alger Hiss," had just been released, discuss the Hiss case, Yalta and a host of other topics. Click these links for part one, part two and part three.
Donald Hiss on FDR and Holmes - Both Alger and Donald Hiss served as secretaries to Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendall Holmes. Here is Donald Hiss's recollection of the afternoon that President Roosevelt paid a visit to the Justice, four days after FDR's inauguration in 1933.