Herbert Aptheker

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Herbert Aptheker

Dr. Herbert Aptheker is the father of Bettina Aptheker.

Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace

Herbert Aptheker was a sponsor of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace which ran from March 25 - 27, 1949 in New York City. It was arranged by a Communist Party USA front organization known as the National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions. The conference was a follow-up to a similar gathering, the strongly anti-America, pro-Soviet World Congress of Intellectuals which was held in Poland, August 25 - 28, 1948.[1]

The National Committee to Secure Justice for the Rosenbergs and Morton Sobell

On June 14, 1953, Aptheker was listed as a Sponsor of The National Committee to Secure Justice for the Rosenbergs and Morton Sobell.[2]

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 Herbert Aptheker was a speaker at the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of his 50th birthday, the publication of his 20th book, and the 2nd anniversary of the American Institute for Marxist Studies. It was held in the Sutton Ballroom, The New York Hilton, Avenue of the Americas, 53rd to 54th Street, New York City. Most speakers, organizers and sponsors were known members or supporters of the Communist Party USA.[3]

Socialist Scholars Conference 1966

The Socialist Scholars Conference 1966, held September 9-11, at the Hotel Commodore, New York, included panels such as:[4]

The Legacy of Negro Slavery The Legacy of Negro Slavery and the Roots of Black Nationalism


"A letter to Congress" on North Korea

In 1974, approximately 50 prominent, mainly Communist Party USA aligned leftists, signed a "Letter to Congress" on the situation regarding North Korea.

"For a quarter of a century the people of all Korea have needed such a peace agreement. The American People are ready for it. The People of the world deserve it. Peaceful coexistence must replace war and the threat of war. Negotiations must replace confrontation."
"Therefore, we the undersigned, concerned about the dangerous conditions in Korea earnestly appeal to you, and to all peace-minded Americans to join together in combining our reason and our political influence to secure the peaceful resolution of this problem."

The letter to Congress was in response to a March 25th, 1974 letter from the Supreme Peoples Assembly of the Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea to the United States Congress.

The signatories which included Herbert Aptheker Author-Historian, Director of American Institute for Marxist Studies urged Congress to act on North Korea's Concerns.[5]

Communist front conference

On February 8 and 9, 1975, the Second National Conference in Solidarity with Chile was held at Concordia Teachers College in the Chicago suburb of River Forest. Many nnown Communist Party USA members sponsored the event. Herbert Aptheker, American Institute for Marxist Studies, was also on the list of sponsors.[6].

World Peace Council

In the late 1970s, the Information Centre of the Soviet front World Peace Council, Helsinki Finland, published a booklet naming members of the organization, worldwide.[7]

We publish in this booklet a list of members of the World Peace Council elected at the Council's Session in Warsaw in 1977.

U.S. members listed, included; Herbert Aptheker, Writer; Historian; Editor, Jewish Affairs

Communist Party reformer

In 1991, Herbert Aptheker, Northern california was one of several hundred Communist Party USA members to sign the a paper "An initiative to Unite and Renew the Party" - most signatories left the Party after the December 1991 conference to found Committees of Correspondence.[8]

CoC National Conference endorser

In 1992 Herbert Aptheker, historian, San Jose, endorsed the Committees of Correspondence national conference Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s held at Berkeley California July 17-19.[9]

Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s

The Conference on Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the 90s was the Committees of Correspondence's first national conference held in Berkeley, California July 17-19, 1992.[10]

Plenary speakers were ;[11]

Committees of Correspondence

In 2002 Herbert Aptheker was listed[12]on the Advisory Board of Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism.

2002 Committees of Correspondence National Convention

At the Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism, National Conference and Convention, July 25-28, 2002 San Francisco State University, Herbert Aptheker spoke on ………………………………………………………………Racism: What it Was, What it Is, and How It Can be Overcome……………………………..[13]

Niebyl-Proctor Library

In 2008 Herbert Aptheker was listed as a sponsor[14] of the Niebyl-Proctor Marxist Library in Oakland, California.


  1. Review of the Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace by the Committee on Un-American Activities, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, D.C., April 19, 1949
  2. "Trial By Treason: The National Committee to Secure Justice for the Rosenbergs and Morton Sobell", House Document No. 206, August 25, 1956, House Committee on Un-American Activities, Page 54
  3. Dinner Program for the Herbert Aptheke Dinner, April 28, 1966
  4. Second Annual Socialist Scholars Conference program.
  5. Letter to Congress undated 1974 Hugh DeLacy papers Accession Number 3915 Box Number 9 Folder Number 2
  6. Hearings before the Subcommittee to investigate the administration of the Internal Security Act, U.S. Senate, 94th congress part 2 July, 1975 (page 182)
  7. WORLD PEACE COUNCIL LIST OF MEMBERS 1977-1980, Information Centre of the World Peace Council Lönnrotinkatu 25 A 5 krs 00180 Helsinki 18 Finland
  8. Addendum to Initiative document
  9. CCDS Background
  10. Conference program
  11. Proceedings of the Committees of Correspondence Conference: Perspectives for Democracy and Socialism in the '90s booklet, printed by CoC in NY, Sept. 1992 (Price: $4)
  12. CCDS membership letter Dec 20 2002
  13. [The Corresponer Vol 10, number 1, June 2002 http://www.cc-ds.org/pub_arch/CorresponderX1-2.pdf]
  14. http://www.marxistlibr.org/sponsors.html