COMMUNISTS: The Man from Moscow

He was a plump, balding, kindly looking little man. He seemed dumfounded one day last October to find reporters outside his $35-a-month apartment in Queens. Was he Gerhart Eisler? Yes, yes, he was. Well—he had just been accused of being the No. I U.S. Communist, the Brain, the big tap on the wire to Moscow. How about it?

Eisler acted as though he did not understand. Who had said this? A man who knew him—Louis Francis Budenz, ex-managing editor of Manhattan's Daily Worker. Eisler peered through his hornrimmed spectacles with a gentle...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!