IDEOLOGIES: The Company He Keeps

Thomas Mann, one of the century's authentic literary giants, often uses his famous name for causes that have nothing to do with literature. Two years ago Mann hailed the Reds' big "Peace Congress" in Manhattan's Waldorf-Astoria as a "ray of hope." He denied signing the Stockholm Peace Appeal, though the New York Daily Worker had carried a photostat of what seemed to be his signature on the petition; Mann claimed the signature was forged.

Last week Manhattan's anti-Communist weekly, the New Leader, published more evidence of Mann's political activities. It was a letter to Stalin's cultural commissar in East Germany,...

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