Zablodowsky was a classmate of Whittaker Chambers
at Columbia University, whom Chambers much admired.
It was after meeting Zablodowsky that Chambers
adopted the name "David" as his own, calling
himself, at various times, David Chambers, Jay
David Chambers or Jay David Whittaker Chambers.
association with Chambers would cause him much
grief years later, when Chambers testified before
the McCarthy committee in 1952 that Zablodowsky
aided him in an espionage scheme in the 1930s.
Zablodowsky testified in his own defense that
he had not seen Chambers for years when Chambers
called him 1935 or '36 and asked if someone
could drop off a letter at his office, to be
picked up by another person. Told that it had
something to do with anti-fascism, Zablodowsky
agreed. That was the extent of Zablodowsky's
years later, while Zablodowsky was director
of the Division of Publications of the Department
of Conferences and General Services of the United
Nations, he was told that Chambers was claiming
he had been a courier for a Soviet spy ring
and a member of the Communist Party underground.
Although Zablodowsky denied the charges, he
lost his job.
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