Under Secretary of State George Messersmith gives testimony about the Hans Eisler case and Dorothy Thompson to HUAC commission
United States USA Date:1947, September 25 Duration:4 min 36 sec Sound:Yes
Excerpts of testimony by United States Under Secretary of State, George S. Messersmith, to the HUAC (House Un-American Activities Committee) in Washington DC. Ambassador Messersmith raises his hand and is sworn in, and then seated beside his legal counsel, Norman M. Littell. Ambassador Messersmith gives testimony about Hans Eisler and Dorothy Thompson related to his own time in Berlin Germany in the 1930s on behalf of the U.S. State Department. He references his work with U.S. diplomat Sumner Welles. He says that he read the Eisler file to refresh his memory. He says that although they were not involved in the war at the time the responsibility on the State Department had increased. He talks about a case related to columnist Miss Thompson. He looks into his papers He talks about the time when he was posted in Berlin and Austria and she made a number of visits. He laughs. He tells about officers who showed prejudice in examining visa papers.
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