Norman Bursler

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Norman Chandler Bursler (February 28, 1904 - October 1983 ) was a midlevel official serving in the United States Department of Justice Anti-Trust Division during World War II.

He was a member of the Silvermaster group of Soviet spies, and is named in Venona transcripts #1619-1620 KGB New York to Moscow, 20 November 1944 referencing information Bursler provided to Nathan Gregory Silvermaster about an Austrian financier.


  • John Earl Haynes and Harvey Klehr, Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America, New Haven: Yale University Press, 1999
  • Walter Schneir & Miriam Schneir, Cables Coming in From the Cold, The Nation, July 5, 1999.