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  • Title: Hede Massing papers
    Date (inclusive): 1918-1980
    Collection Number: 83038
    Contributing Institution: Hoover Institution Library and Archives
    Language of Material: In English and German
    Physical Description: 2 manuscript boxes (0.8 Linear Feet)
    Abstract: Correspondence, writings, police reports, clippings, and photographs, relating to Soviet espionage activities in the United States.
    Creator: Massing, Hede
    Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives

    Access

    The collection is open for research; materials must be requested at least two business days in advance of intended use.

    Publication Rights

    For copyright status, please contact the Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Acquisition Information

    Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1983.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Hede Massing papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.

    Biographical/Historical Note

    Massing was born in 1900 in Austria. She joined the Communist Party around 1920 when she met Gerhart Eisler, her first husband, and prominent member of the German Communist Party.
    Between 1933-1937, Massing served as a Soviet espionage agent in the United States. Later she renounced her allegiance to the Soviet Union, after becoming, as she described it, disenchanted with the direction of the Communist movement under Stalin. Following this decision, she became an outspoken anti-Communist.
    In 1949, Massing testified in the Alger Hiss espionage trial, where she maintained that Hiss had been involved in Soviet espionage activities.
    In 1951, Massing published an account of her work as a Soviet espionage agent in her book, "This Deception." Massing continued to write and speak publicly about her role in Soviet espionage as well as other subjects for the rest of her life.

    Scope and Content of Collection

    Correspondence, writings, police reports, clippings, and photographs, relating to Soviet espionage activities in the United States.
    Copies of French and Swiss police reports, detailing the investigation of the Ignace Reiss murder in 1937.

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Espionage, Russian -- United States