COMMUNISTS: Gentleman, Very Timid

The Department of Justice lassoed another alien Red last week. This one was Alexander Bittelman, 58, bespectacled and intellectual member of the Communist Party who had gone to Miami for his annual winter vacation.

Russian-born Alexander Bittelman, said the Justice Department, arrived in the U.S. in 1912, joined the Communist Party in 1919, had 14 aliases, filed notice of intention to become a U.S. citizen in 1935, then did nothing more about it. He wrote eloquent articles for Communist publications in the U.S., and became general secretary of Manhattan's Morning Freiheit Association, which publishes the Communist Yiddish-language newspaper, Morning Freiheit....

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