Inventory of the Hede Massing papers
Finding aid prepared by Sally DeBauche
Hoover Institution Library and Archives
© 2008, 2014
434 Galvez Mall
Stanford, CA 94305-6003
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
2 manuscript boxes
(0.8 Linear Feet)
Abstract: Correspondence, writings, police reports, clippings, and photographs, relating to Soviet espionage activities in the United
Physical Location: Hoover Institution Library & Archives
The collection is open for research; materials must be requested in advance via our reservation system. If there are audiovisual
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Acquired by the Hoover Institution Library & Archives in 1983.
[Identification of item], Hede Massing papers, [Box no., Folder no. or title], Hoover Institution Library & Archives.
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
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
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
box 1, folder 2
Press photographs, Paul Massing
box 1, folder 10
Hede Massing, Paul Massing, friends
box 1, folder 9
"Christmas in Santa Monica," draft
"Doomsday for Alger Hiss"
"Im Handgepäck um die Welt"
box 1, folder 12
Manuscript, English translation
box 2, folder 2
"This Deception" correspondence
box 1, folder 18
"Why I Don't Ski," draft
box 2, folder 5
box 1, folder 8, 13, 15, 17
box 2, folder 8
box 2, folder 10
box 1, folder 16
box 2, folder 4, 9, 12, 16, 18
box 1, folder 1
Biographical sketch of Hede Massing
box 2, folder 15
Vienna residency certificate
box 1, folder 7
Ignace Reiss death investigation, French and Swiss police reports
box 2, folder 1
Gerhart Eisler obituaries, newspaper clippings
box 2, folder 14
Ericha Glaser Wallach memorandum