Witness, by Whittaker Chambers, is the story of Communist penetration of the United States government by an underground cell, run by Whittaker Chambers. His underground espionage apparatus includes Alger Hiss, an assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State; Harry Dexter White, an assistant to the Secretary of the Treasury; Julian Wadleigh in the Trade Agreements section at State; and Vincent Reno at the Aberdeen Proving Grounds, then a secret military installation. These people pass government documents to Chambers, who has them photographed and passed on to Colonel Bykov. He, in turn, passes them on to Moscow.
Chambers becomes a Communist when he is in college at Columbia College in New York. He has been to Germany, which is still suffering the devastation of World War I, and feels certain that there will be a World War II. The world is in a crisis and, like many students and...
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The Witness Study Pack contains about 45 pages of study material in 4 products, including:
Witness Study Guide
Whittaker Chambers Biographies (3)
4,532 words, approx. 16 pages
Whittaker Chambers achieved public renown as the principal informant in what became the greatest espionage trial of the Cold War. In August 1948 Chambers informed the House of Representatives' Committ...
1,013 words, approx. 4 pages
In 1948 TIME magazine editor Whittaker Chambers (1901-1961) testified that in the 1930s he helped organize a Communist spy ring in the U.S. government. His accusations against State Department officia...
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Whittaker Chambers was a confessed spy for the Soviet Union and the chief witness in the 1949 perjury trials of Alger Hiss. Chambers accused Hiss, who had been an important official with the U.S. Stat...