Register of the Herbert Romerstein collection
Finding aid prepared by Hoover Institution Archives Staff.
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Title: Herbert Romerstein collection
Date (inclusive): 1914-2008
Collection Number: 2012C51
Creator: Romerstein, Herbert
Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Archives
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 76 manuscript boxes (31.7 linear feet)
Abstract: Pamphlets, leaflets, serial issues, studies, and synopses of intelligence documents, relating to the Communist International, communist subversion in the United States, Soviet espionage and covert operations, and propaganda and psychological warfare, especially during World War II. See the Romerstein register http://media.hoover.org/documents/Romerstein_Herbert20130517.pdf for more information.
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[Identification of item], Herbert Romerstein collection, [Box number], Hoover Institution Archives.
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Pamphlets, leaflets, serial issues, studies, and synopses of intelligence documents, relating to the Communist International, communist subversion in the United States, Soviet espionage and covert operations, and propaganda and psychological warfare, especially during World War II.
As of 2012, Herbert Romerstein, most recently a professor at the postgraduate Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC, specialized in espionage, Soviet political warfare, international terrorism, and internal security. He authored such books as Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government (2012), The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and American Traitors (2000), and Heroic Victims: Stalin's Foreign Legion in the Spanish Civil War (1994).
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 has 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.
Romerstein entered US government service in 1965 as an investigator for the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities. Later he served as minority chief investigator for the House Committee on Internal Security and as a professional staff member for the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. In his final years of government service, during President Reagan's administration, Romerstein served as head of the Office to Counter Soviet Disinformation and Active Measures of the United States Information Agency. Since retiring from the government in 1989, Romerstein did extensive research in both US and foreign archives, including work in the Ukrainian archives and in the archives of the Communist International in Moscow.
Subjects and Indexing Terms
Espionage, Russian--United States.
Secret service--Soviet Union.
Subversive activities--United States.
World War, 1939-1945--Psychological aspects.