December 7, 1948, Whittaker Chambers told the grand jury
for the first time about a photographer named "Felix" who
photographed government documents passed along by his alleged
Communist confederates. Chambers would later testify that
he met Felix weekly for more than six months, between 1937
and 1938. On this day in 1948, Chambers decribed how the
procedure was carried out. A crucial aspect of his story,
however, would later be contradicted by Felix
Inslerman, the man he would eventually identify
In other words, you, if you delivered a document to be photographed,
if you were going to New York, you would get the document
back the same night?
was "Felix"? The FBI wanted to know. The next
day, agents showed Chambers a picture of a man they thought
could be "Felix." His name was Samuel Pelovitz.
(The FBI had seen Pelovitz's name used as a reference by
David Carpenter, who Chambers
said was one of his associates in the Communist Party.)
Chambers identified Pelovitz as his former photographer.
Click here to see the FBI
document, which recounts Chambers' confident identification