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Description
Pamphlets, leaflets, serial issues, studies, reports, and synopses of intelligence documents, relating to the Communist International, communism and communist front organizations in the United States, Soviet espionage and covert operations, and propaganda and psychological warfare, especially during World War II.
Background
Romerstein was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1931. In high school he joined the Communist Youth League and soon after became a card-carrying member of the Communist Party USA, where, as he often said, he "learned to read communist." His infatuation with communism, however, was short-lived. When the Korean War began, he had to decide which side he supported; he decided to support freedom. Following his military service, he became a research analyst and investigator for American Business Consultants, who published the anti-Communist newsletter "Counterattack," and for Bookmailer, a small publishing house that published his first book, Communism and Your Child in 1962. He testified before the Senate Sub-Committee on Internal Security on Communist Infiltration of Youth Organizations in 1951 and before the Subversive Activities Control Board. He attended the Vienna Youth Festival in 1959 and the Helsinki Youth Festival in 1962, all sponsored by the Communist front groups World Federation of Democratic Youth and International Union of Students.The Herbert Romerstein Collection consists of material collected by Herbert Romerstein (1931-2013) over a period of many decades, during which he served successively as a staff member of United States Congressional committees (House Committee on Un-American Activities, House Committee on Internal Security, and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence), and of the United States Information Agency. He made use of the collection as research material for several publications of which he was author or co-author, including The KGB against the Main Enemy: How the Soviet Intelligence Service Operates against the United States (Lexington, 1989), Heroic Victims: Stalin's Foreign Legion in the Spanish Civil War (Washington, D.C., 1994), The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors (Washington, D.C., 2000), and Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government (New York, 2012).
Extent
1235 manuscript boxes, 36 oversize boxes, 17 cardfile boxes (573.2 linear feet)
Restrictions
For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Archives.
Availability
The collection is open for research.The Hoover Institution Archives only allows access to copies of audiovisual items. To listen to sound recordings or to view videos or films during your visit, please contact the Archives at least two working days before your arrival. We will then advise you of the accessibility of the material you wish to see or hear. Please note that not all audiovisual material is immediately accessible.