Category Archives: Espionage

0189_Out of Bondage: The Story of Elizabeth Bentley_1951_an auto-biography of an American spy for the Soviet Union from 1938 until 1945 – Part 1– introduction by dj

Donna Jack
March 13, 2017/updated Mar 15, 2017

Recently I completed my first reading of Elizabeth Bentley’s autobiography, Out of Bondage:  The Story of Elizabeth Bentley.  This blog is an introduction to the personal drama that Elizabeth Bentley lived through. You will experience breath-taking adventure as you read for yourself — the first-hand account of her life as an international Soviet Communist espionage agent!

NOTE:  Soviet espionage is not confined to the 1930s and 1940s.  It has continued, and still exists today.

Through her book, Elizabeth takes you with her as she comes to believe that she is going to help make the world a better place for everyone.  Eventually you will experience with her, the growing horror that she feels, as she gradually discovers she has been duped — and then realizes that she is trapped.  She finds herself part of a world-wide sinister plan to enslave the part of mankind that will be allowed to live.  Would she be allowed to live, or would anyone else  she knew survive?

Elizabeth Bentley is another one of our true American Heroes who ends up risking everything, including her own life, in order to help uncover the operation that she for many years, had an active part in implementing and managing.

This blog piece focuses on some of how she got ensnared into Communism.

Her experience is in many ways common to countless people who have gotten sucked into supporting the goal of Communist world domination, believing the fantasy that Communist promise:  justice and fairness for all mankind.

How can an educated, white, middle-class person, get to the point in their life, where they want to risk their life to help destroy their own country?  As you read Elizabeth’s autobiography you find some answers to that question.
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0184_Whittaker Chambers_1948 witness in the case of Alger Hiss (a Soviet Espionage Agent)

Donna Jack
February 25, 2017

The following blog piece is about a man who was a witness in 1948.  This witness testified that one of the better-known, better-loved and respected men in our country, who was working high in our government, was a Soviet espionage agent.  The man he witnessed about, was instrumental in the creation of the United Nations, and was instrumental in China becoming Communist.  He was the first Secretary General of the UN.

How did “this man” become a witness against the Soviet espionage agent?

“This man” is Whittaker Chambers.  He was born 1901, into an educated, middle-class, New York family.  He was a gentle man who never wanted to hurt anyone.

As he was growing up, he witnessed the collapse of his own family.  In 1920-1921 there was a depression, and it seemed to him that the economy of the United States was about to crumble.

When he went to college at Columbia shortly after WWI, he entered as a conservative in his lifestyles and his politics.  At that time he was also having a religious experience.   When he first left Columbia, he was no longer conservative, and had no religion.  He later returned to Columbia for a while, and when he finally left Columbia in 1925, he did so to join the Communist party.

By the time he joined the Communist party, he had already searched and studied thoroughly.  He had previously written an atheist play that caught the eye of the Communist party.  When he joined the Communists, he was convinced that he was leaving the losing side to join the winners.  He was convinced that American Capitalism was going to fail.  He believed the only hope for a good society to emerge was offered by the Communist party.  He could find no other philosophy that offered what he believed the Communist party had to offer.

Communism appeared to be the only hope for the collapsing world

— Because of his strong faith that Communism was the only hope for our country, and for the world

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