Talk:Alger Hiss

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This article could be improved by additional images.

For example, the discussion of Stalin's Terror Famine and the AAA could use images such as "Auch diese Leiche erregt noch Aufsehen" ( from Ewald Ammende's Muss Russland Hungern? (the 70-year U.S. copyright term on this image expired in 2005) and "Soup Kitchen during the Depression" ( from the National Archives and Records Administration's Franklin D. Roosevelt Library public domain images collection (ARC Identifier: 196174).

Likewise, the discussion of Stalin's Great Terror could use an image such as the photograph of Vyshinskii, chief prosecutor of the Moscow purge trials, at's_action.jpg and the discussion of the Ribbentrop-Molotov pact could use an image such as the photograph of Molotov, chief Soviet signatory of the pact, at (Both of these images should be public domain in the Russian Federation under Civil Code of the Russian Federation, Book IV, Implementation Act, Law No. 231-FZ, Article 6, Paragraph 1, December 18, 2006.)

The discussion of the dissemination of FBI memos and reports on Alger Hiss to the White House, Attorney General and State Department beginning in 1942 could use an image similar to the one at -- except dealing with Hiss exclusively. I have obtained and scanned such a chart on Hiss from the FBI's "J. Edgar Hoover, Official and Confidential" file, from the FBI's FOIA reading room in the J. Edgar Hoover Building at 935 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C. The chart is public domain under U.S. Code, TITLE 17, CHAPTER 1, § 105.

The discussion of Hiss' relationship with Stettinius could use an image such as "Stettinius and Hiss" ( (ARC Identifier: 197289) and the section on Yalta, discussing Hiss' contacts with Molotov and Vishinskii, could use an image such as ARC Identifier: 197291 (, which features Hiss with both Molotov and Vishinskii, as well as Stettinius. Both of these last images are available at the National Archives and Records Administration's Franklin D. Roosevelt Library public domain images collection.

As for the discussion of the Gorsky memo, Professor Haynes has given me permission to reproduce that portion of page one of Vassiliev's notes ( featuring the name "Alger Hiss" <<Алджер Хисс>> in Vassiliev's handwriting, but I am awaiting clearance on this from Vassiliev.

I don't have administrator access, so I can't upload images. If any administrator would like to upload any of these images, please let me know, or tell me how to upload images, and I will be glad to do it. Thanks. FOIA 17:21, 2 July 2008 (EDT)


I have to say, I am amazed. I never realized you had been into this article last year, apparently, when I was on sabbatical. Do you still need any of the images you listed above? --₮K/Admin/Talk 00:17, 31 March 2009 (EDT)

I missed this too. FOIA seems to be on here quite sporadically, maybe we can upload them anyway - we can always delete the ones he does not use. --KotomiTnandeyanen? 04:06, 31 March 2009 (EDT)


It seems we have only stumbled upon your request now - sorry! Please remember to use Conservapedia:Image upload requests for any future requests.

  • Radek's action - here
  • Molotov - here
  • Soupkitchen - here
  • Stettinius and Hiss - here
  • Molotov and Vishinskii - here

I am a little wary of using images from the National Archives a) because that site is quite intimidating if you are not used to it. Also I see the buttons "Obtain copies" and "Order online" which leads m to think they might not be happy with our lifting pictures from them. But somebody more familiar with the NA can clarify that. (Same for the Gareth Jones and the johnearlhaynes.or sites.) --KotomiTnandeyanen? 06:34, 31 March 2009 (EDT)

the National Archives does not own any copyrights and we do not need any permission to use their materials. (US Government documents cannot be copyrighted).RJJensen 10:02, 31 March 2009 (EDT)
Ah, thank you for that, I will add the other ones now. --KotomiTnandeyanen? 10:34, 31 March 2009 (EDT)

Edits by Wahida

I am glad to see someone else editing this page now. I do have one question: Do you think "when the boy was just two years old" is encyclopedic in style? Perhaps "when the boy was two years old" might have a less emotive or editorial-essay tone? FOIA 22:33, 18 May 2009 (EDT)

Disappearing quote

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so I removed the quote template. How can we restore this? I must be tired. FOIA 23:59, 13 June 2009 (EDT)

The problem is somewhere with the last external link, cause I can get it all up to there:

[I]n the fall of 1944 there was a difference of opinion in the State Department. I felt that the Russians were not going to be sympathetic and cooperative....[I]ntelligence reports which were in my charge indicated a very aggressive policy, not at all in line with the kind of cooperation everyone was hoping for. I was pressing for a pretty clean-cut showdown then when our position was strongest. The opposite group in the State Department was largely ... Mr. Acheson's group ... with Mr. Hiss as his principal assistant in the matter.... [A]t that time Mr. Hiss did take what we would call today the pro-Russian point of view....[2] I got trimmed in that fight, and, as a result, went to Brazil, and that ended my diplomatic career.[3]

We need help. Rob Smith 16:25, 17 June 2009 (EDT)

Hiss & early UN staff

I found a source for an old Wikipedia dispute, the allegation Hiss was responsible for the employment of 494 employees on the UN staff [2] Can we use this either here or in the UN article? Rob Smith 16:07, 23 June 2009 (EDT)

Order of the Red Star

Red star order.jpg

Found an img of Hiss's honors. [3] Have you seen this new site? See this subsection for example A 2009 Chambers Primer and first-ever glimpse into the documentary records from Chambers’s Communist Party past Rob Smith 21:54, 12 July 2009 (EDT)


Was Hiss a member of the National Lawyers Guild? I seem to remember seeing that in an FBI file somewhere. Rob Smith 17:51, 18 July 2009 (EDT)

Craig book

Monday, September 14, 2009R. Bruce Craig Signs Contract for Biography of Alger Hiss Source: Press Release (9-14-09)

Alger Hiss has been dead now for over a decade, yet, the controversy over his life and activities continues to stir the emotions of aging liberals, die-hard conservatives, several generations of history buffs, and serious students of Cold War America. R. Bruce Craig, past Executive Director of the National History Coalition and now a professor of history at the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada has signed a contract with Chicago publisher Ivan R. Dee, to write a new biography of Alger Hiss -- the first comprehensive biography of Hiss to be penned in over thirty years. The book, tentatively titled The Lives of Alger Hiss is slotted for publication in Spring 2012.

According to Craig, "Scores of books have been written about the Hiss case, most notably, Alan Weinstein’s 1978 tome Perjury: The Hiss-Chambers Case. While recent writings of G. Edward White (Alger Hiss's Looking Glass Wars) and Susan Jacoby (Alger Hiss and the Battle for History) demonstrate that partisans on both sides of the Hiss-Chambers controversy have had their say, there has yet to appear in print a balanced biography based nearly exclusively on primary source material that places the story of Alger Hiss the man and his times in the context of 20th century history. This book seeks to fill that void."

"The fact is, Hiss lived through most of the 20th century and because of that it is possible to place him -- both as an observer and participant -- in several major historical events of that century: the Great Depression, New Deal and “Popular Front” eras of the 1930s, World War II, the founding of the United Nations, the Cold War and McCarthy eras, the radical 60’s and the post-Watergate era."

"My hope is that in each chapter of this book readers will discover something new about the man" says Craig. The book promises new insights into the Hiss-Chambers relationship as Craig's strategy is to examine the congruence of the lives of these two gladiators with those of their wives, mutual friends, and acquaintances over a period of years. The last third of the book traces Hiss’s role in the six decade long fight for vindication. To this end the book will seek to explain why Hiss opted to employ a what some have characterized as "a strategy of denial" for over five decades."

Research for this book began over twenty years ago and is based on information drawn from dozens of library and archival sources, including some never before tapped by researchers such as the Hiss family papers. The text is being enriched with information culled from oral interviews conducted with scores of individuals, including Alger Hiss, his son Tony, step-son Timothy Hobson, and other prominent figures in the Hiss-Chambers controversy such as HUAC’s lead investigator Robert Stripling whose insights into the motivations of Richard Nixon in pursuing the Hiss case are without parrallel. RJJensen 08:26, 23 September 2009 (EDT)

J. Peters and the Bela Kuhn revolution

Hungary 1919. Famous Hungarian communist Bela Kuhn and his comrades flayed (skinned alive) dozens of political 'enemies' of communism. [4]

Whittaker Chambers testified on August 3, 1948, "Peters told me at one time that he had been a petty officer in the Austrian Army during WorId War II. After the Bela Kun revolution in Hungary he was a member of the Soviet Government of Hungary, I think, in the agricultural commissariat." [5]

  1. Subcommittee on Internal Security, Committee on the Judiciary, U. S. Senate Interlocking Subversion in Government Departments (Washington: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1953), p. 28 (PDF p. 34). J. Anthony Panuch concurred: “Mr. Acheson and Mr. Hiss at the time I was in the department were sympathetic to the Soviet policy.” (Chesly Manly, "Acheson's Apologia," Modern Age, Spring 1970, pp. 203-204 [PDF pp. 1-2])
  2. Subcommittee on Internal Security, Committee on the Judiciary, U. S. Senate Interlocking Subversion in Government Departments (Washington: U. S. Government Printing Office, 1953), p. 28 (PDF p. 34). J. Anthony Panuch concurred: “Mr. Acheson and Mr. Hiss at the time I was in the department were sympathetic to the Soviet policy.” (Chesly Manly, "Acheson's Apologia," Modern Age, Spring 1970, pp. 203-204 [PDF pp. 1-2])
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  5. Testimony of Whittaker Chambers before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (August 3, 1948).

Willcutts report

Because this article makes controversial claims, it links to primary sources whenever possible. I have therefore restored the link to the original document from the Web site of the library at Princeton, rather than an HTML transcription on the Web site of a person who is criticizing other people for being insufficiently dogmatic followers of the atheist Ayn Rand. FOIA 14:42, 5 February 2010 (EST)

This page is really heavy

Would it be possible to split it into different subpages ?--PhilipN 17:44, 2 February 2012 (EST)