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American Jews and Soviet Espionage
Sep 20 2011

In 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were executed for passing atomic secrets to the Soviet Union. Their deaths have since been the subject of much speculation and controversy, but recent research has revealed that Julius Rosenberg and several other convicted and accused spies – many of whom were Jews – in fact worked for Soviet intelligence. This event brought together the authors of important books on Soviet spies in America: Harvey Klehr, David Evanier, Ron Radosh, Allen Hornblum, and Steve Usdin.

3:00PM - 3:10PM:

Opening Remarks: Jonathan Brent

3:10PM - 3:50PM:

Historical Overview:

Harvey Klehr, "Jews, Communism, and Espionage in Twentieth-Century America"

3:50PM - 4:10PM: Coffee Break

4:10PM - 6:00PM:

Panel: The Spies

Moderator: John Earl Haynes

David Evanier: Morton Sobell: I Bet on the Wrong Horse
Allen Hornblum: Good Intentions Gone Bad: Harry Gold and the Romance of Soviet Espionage
Ron Radosh: Left-Wing Intellectuals and the Rosenberg Case
Steve Usdin: The Two Who Got Away: Barr and Sarrant on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain
Jonathan Brent is Executive Director of the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. From 1991-2009 Brent served as editorial director of Yale University Press and is the founder of its distinguished Annals of Communism series, which he continues to direct. Brent is co-author of Stalin's Last Crime: The Plot Against Jewish Doctors, 1948-1953 (2004); author of Inside the Stalin Archives (2008); and is currently writing a biography of the Soviet Jewish writer Isaac Babel. He is visiting Professor of history and literature at Bard College.
David Evanier is the author of eight books, including Red Love, a novel of the Rosenberg Case, The One-Star Jew, The Great Kisser, Roman Candle: The Life of Bobby Darin, Making the Wiseguys Weep: The Jimmy Roselli Story, and most recently, All the Things You Are: The Life of Tony Bennett. He is a former editor for The Paris Review and a writer for the Anti-Defamation League. He was a recipient of the Aga Khan Fiction Prize and his work is included in Best American Short Stories.
John Earl Haynes is manuscript historian for 20th-century political history at the Library of Congress. He is the author or co-author of numerous books of Communism, anti-Communism, and Soviet espionage in America, including Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (with Harvey Klehr and Alexander Vassiliev), In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage (with Harvey Klehr), Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (with Harvey Klehr), and Communism and Anti-Communism in the United States: An Annotated Guide to Historical Writings.
Allen Hornblum served as Chief-of-Staff of the Philadelphia Sherriff’s Office and has taught at Drexel and Temple Universities. He is the author of several books, including The Invisible Harry Gold: The Man Who Gave the Soviets the Atom Bomb and Acres of Skin: Human Experiments at Holmesburg Prison.
Harvey Klehr is a professor of politics and history at Emory University and the author of numerous books on Communism in America and Soviet espionage, including Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America (with John Earl Haynes and Alexander Vassiliev), In Denial: Historians, Communism and Espionage (with John Earl Haynes), Venona: Decoding Soviet Espionage in America (with John Earl Haynes), and Communism and Anti-Communism in the United States.
Ron Radosh is an Adjunct Senior Fellow at The Hudson Institute, and a Professor Emeritus of History at the City University of New York. He is a Presidential appointee to the Public Information Declassification Board, for a term extending from 2007 to 2010. He is the author or co-author of 14 books, including The Rosenberg File, Commies: A Journey through the Old Left, the New Left and the Leftover Left, Spain Betrayed: The Soviet Union in the Spanish Civil War, and (with Allis Radosh) A Safe Haven For These People: Harry S. Truman and the Founding of Israel. He has regularly contributed to numerous newspapers and journals of opinion.
Steve Usdin is Washington Editor of BioCentury, a provider of information and analysis on recent development in biology, biotechnology, and pharmaceuticals. He has devoted more than 20 years to covering political and policy issues affecting the life sciences sector, and has written extensively about public policy, regulatory reform and regulatory innovation. He is the author of Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley.

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