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Whittaker Chambers

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American writer known for his well-known book See, who worked being a Soviet spy in the 1930’s. He afterwards defected in the Communists and committed his lifestyle to renouncing the motion. He was article writer and editor for the School of Columbia’s literary newspaper The Morningside. Pursuing his defection from Communism, he testified against Alger Hiss, who proved helpful in the Section of Condition and was element of a key underground Communist cell in Washington, D.C.. He wedded musician Esther Shemitz in the first 30’s. He was honored a posthumous Medal of Independence by U.S. Leader Ronald Reagan.

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Full Name Whittaker Chambers
Date Of Birth April 1, 1901
Died July 9, 1961, Westminster, Maryland, United States
Place Of Birth Philadelphia, PA
Profession Journalist
Education McDaniel College, South Side High School, Columbia University, Columbia College of Columbia University in the City of New York
Nationality American
Spouse Esther Shemitz Chambers
Parents Laha Whittaker Chambers, Jay Chambers
Siblings Richard Godfrey Chambers
Awards Presidential Medal of Freedom
Nominations National Book Award for Nonfiction
Star Sign Aries

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1 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.
2 Attended Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) in Westminster, Maryland.


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Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 20th Century: A Moving Visual History 1999 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Cold War 1998 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
Nixon 1995 Himself - Testifying before HUAC (uncredited)
Project XX 1960 TV Series documentary Himself - Former Communist Party Member

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