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The Witnesses

Other Witnesses Deny Chambers' Allegations

Lee Pressman

A crucial aspect of Whittaker Chambers' account of events was his claim that Alger Hiss was associated with an underground Communist group in Washington, D.C. He also included Lee Pressman, Henry Collins, Nathan Witt, and others as members of the group.

On August 28, 1950, Pressman, by then an admitted ex-Party member, testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee about the group. Pressman said he had been a member but that Hiss had not been one. Pressman also disputed an allegation by Chambers that he, Pressman, aided an effort by Stalin to purchase munitions in Mexico.


Click here to read the relevant excerpts from Pressman's testimony regarding his own ideology and Chambers' allegations.

For more on Chambers' claims regarding Alger Hiss and the underground Communist group, click here to read Adolf Berle's account of his conversation with Chambers.

Noel Field

"[Hiss-] I need hardly tell you how angered and outraged I was over the irresponsible allegations made against you. Your testimony fully harmonizes with the memory I had of you during our all-too-brief acquaintance in Washington." (continued in next column)


This quote comes from a letter written to Hiss by Noel Field. Writer Victor Navasky explores its implications in an article for The Nation. Click here to read what Navasky has to say.

Klingsberg on Noel Field

According to Hiss's detractors, long-secret testimony by Noel Field, a former State Department offical, implicates Hiss in Communist activity. The testimony was obtained from Field under torture after he had been imprisoned by the Communist government in Hungary in the 1950s.

Ethan Klingsberg, an associate of the Soros Foundation, while in Hungary in the 1990s, was able to examine transcripts of Field's "confession" regarding Hiss. Click here to read what he learned. 

Max Bedacht

Whittaker Chambers claimed Max Bedacht recruited him into the underground. Bedacht admitted his party membership but denied Chambers' charge before the grand jury in 1948. Bedacht also said he had nothing to do with any underground activities and had only met Chambers briefly in the office of the New Masses. Click here to read an excerpted portion of Bedacht's memoirs.

Jozsef Peter

Jozsef Peter was alleged by Whittaker Chambers to be the head of the Communist Party underground in the United States during the 1930s. Here is a portion of Peter's 1983 autobiography in which he discusses Chambers' allegations and the impact these accusations had on his life.

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