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Whittaker Chambers (1901–1961)

Whittaker Chambers was born in Philadelphia and raised on Long Island. While a student at Columbia College, he edited The Morningside literary magazine (now Columbia Review). In 1925, he dropped out altogether to join the Communist Party of the United States of America or CPUSA (then the Workers Party of America). He wrote first for The Daily ... See full bio »

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 1999 The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 1998 Cold War (TV Mini-Series documentary)
- Reds (1998) ... Himself (uncredited)
 1995 Nixon
Himself - Testifying before HUAC (uncredited)
 1960 Project XX (TV Series documentary)
Himself - Former Communist Party Member
- Not So Long Ago (1960) ... Himself - Former Communist Party Member

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In August 1948, he identified Alger Hiss as a fellow member of the underground Soviet spy cell, The Ware Group, founded by the son of American Communist Party founder Ella Reeve. Hiss denied the allegation, but was eventually convicted of perjury for denying his espionage activities and sentenced to five years in jail. See more »

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