We Remember Alger

[Alger Hiss, Fairbanks, and friends]

Alger Hiss, above right, with, from left, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Anita Loos, Van Johnson and an unidentified friend.

Living History

This Web site welcomes personal contributions from visitors that may extend and enrich our understanding of Alger Hiss's life, the Hiss case, or events of the New Deal and Cold War years.

Click on the links below to read some personal recollections of Alger Hiss:

  • Dr. Gilbert R. Cherrick recalls a dinner with Eleanor Roosevelt when the subject of Alger Hiss was discussed.
  • Max Geismar, a literary critic and biographer, discusses (in this never-before-published memoir) his friendship with Alger Hiss and the Cold War's impact on the nation's literary elite.
  • Jeff Kisseloff, Alger Hiss's former legal researcher, and managing editor of this site, recalls how the Hiss case became a personal issue for him.
  • Kenneth Simon, one of Alger Hiss's appellate attorneys, offers some frank comments on the unsuccessful strategy pursued by Hiss's legal team.
  • Frank Wilkinson, who was imprisoned for refusing to testify before HUAC, recalls the triumph that occurred after meeting several of Alger Hiss's former friends at the Lewisburg penitentiary.
  • Michael Zak recalls his encounter with Alger Hiss at Cornell University in the 1970s.

  • Read Victor Navasky's obituary of Alger Hiss from The Nation.

Thoughts? Reflections? Send them to this site at hiss.info@nyu.edu.


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