SUPREME COURT: Undue Process

Brooklyn College's Professor Harry Slochower was an evasive, smart-aleck witness before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee. When Slochower, teacher of German and literature and an authority on Thomas Mann, appeared before the subcommittee in 1952, he was asked, for example, if he could identify any members of the Communist Party. Retorted Slochower: "I am sure Joe Stalin is a member." Slochower invoked the Fifth Amendment three times in refusing to say whether he had been a Communist in 1940 and 1941. He was fired by Brooklyn College under a New York City charter provision that requires automatic dismissal for...

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