NOTE: This is the third in an occasional series on the truth-tellers of "American Betrayal: The Secret Assault on Our Nation's Character" (St. Martin's Press).One point I try to convey when speaking to audiences about my new book, "American Betrayal," is the inspiration of the truth-tellers.
These are the men and women who refused to stay silent and thus enable the "betrayal" the book lays out -- engineered by a de facto Communist "occupation" of Washington by American traitors loyal to Stalin and, even more heartbreaking, largely covered up by successive U.S. administrations and elites.
The reason I take pains to bring these truth-tellers to light is that they remain lost to our collective memory, even as much confirmation of their truth-telling has become public record.
This means we are overdue for a major historical correction.
Our historical compass still erroneously indicates that the great Red hunters of the 1940s and 1950s were engaged in "witch hunts" for Communist spies who were figments of feverish imaginations. But these spies were real, all right, and hundreds of them have been identified.
We still snicker reflexively over references to "the Red plot against America."
With archival confirmation, however, we now know there was abundant Red influence on policymaking, as well as abundant Red plots, and many of them were brilliantly carried out to completion.
Meanwhile, we still fail to recognize that the institutions which define our world today, from the United Nations to the International Monetary Fund, were fostered by bona fide Soviet agents (such as the State Department's Alger Hiss and the Treasury Department's Harry Dexter White). We also remain oblivious to the contributions of those who spoke the truth along the way.
One such truth-teller was Julius Epstein.
Epstein was a Jewish refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria who came to the United States and became a noted journalist and author. I will have room here to discuss only one of his monumental gifts to history -- the truth about the Katyn Forest Massacre. (His work is further discussed in "American Betrayal.") By dint of his reporting, he was able to expose Soviet guilt in a wartime atrocity that both the U.S. and Britain had officially covered up for the better part of a decade.