The Pumpkin Papers
Findings related to Whittaker Chambers


C-SPAN 3 airs new insight into the spy activities of Whittaker Chambers in the early 1930s, before the Hiss Case, taped during panel presentation of the Society for History in the Federal Government (SHFG):

Airing Details:
Apr 27, 2014 | 6:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
Apr 27, 2014 | 10:30pm EDT | C-SPAN 3
May 03, 2014 | 10:30am EDT | C-SPAN 3
May 04, 2014 | 6:30am EDT | C-SPAN 3


A Communist Odyssey, by Thomas SakmysterThe Central European University Press of Budapest and New York has published A Communist Odyssey: The Life of József Pogány/John Pepper by Thomas Sakmyster, professor emeritus of history at the University of Cincinnati.

The book launches during the 2012 annual conference of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies (ASEEES). Dr. Sakmyster will appear there: New Orleans at 9:00 A.M. on Friday, November 16, 2012, at the the Central European University Press booth.


Dr. Thomas Sakmyster is publishing a new book this month called  A Communist Odyssey: The Life of József Pogány / John Pepper (Budapest/New York: Central European University Press, 2012) — click here for more details.



Thank you for your article. Khordovsky sounds excitingly new, like the still-new Russia.

Among the films, you cited only Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy seems re-create a sense of the Cold War. (The Thatcher movie shows only the tail end of it.) Tinker also stands out for achieving at times nearly as much and at times even more than the 6-hour British TV series.

I see that you lump my grandfathe­r, Whittaker Chambers, among others with a paranoid image of the Cold War. Then again, ever since Whittaker Chambers’ death in 1961, William F. Buckley, Jr., conservati­ves, and neo-conser­vatives have done their best to recast this anti-commu­nist as a Cold Warrior. There was and remains a great difference­.

By now, these people feel they know all all there is to know about Whittaker Chambers. The fact is, they know only what they want to know. An excellent example of this is a recent “intellect­ual biography” of Whittaker Chambers — in fact, a narrow focus on a single phase of his life. There is far more to consider — though nothing fresh or new on the public horizon at present.

Respectful­ly – David Chambers | http://www­.whittaker­chambers.o­rg/

Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Also at Libertas Film Magazine


From August 3, 1948, until today, America has had to wait to learn more about the head of Soviet espionage in Washington during the 1930s.

On that day, Whittaker Chambers (my grandfather) told the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) under subpoena…

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…I would go further. More than muffling Whittaker Chambers’s intellectual thought, Reinsch strangles it. He narrows Chambers’s vistas to his own private passion: conversion passages in Witness (page 83). Fixation aside, nothing is new… Reinsch ditches insight for personal bias.

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(Reprint from “Letters: Muffled—or Strangled?,” published in the January 2011 issue of The New Criterion)


Reinsch’s treatment falls short… Where Chambers writes with passion and palpability, Reinsch offers fuzz. His prose muffles the screams…

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