David Karr

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David Karr

The Daily Worker

Karr contributed to the Daily Worker, which later became People's World after several merges.[1]

Office of War information

In World War II Alan Cranston was Chief of the Foreign Language Division of the Office of War Information, the U.S. information and propaganda organization.

Cranston recommended that the OWl hire David Karr, as "a senior liaison officer working with other Federal agencies." Karr had been writing for the Communist Party USA newspaper, The Daily Worker, as well as for Albert Kahn, an author who was later revealed in Congressional testimony to be a Soviet agent.

In spite of this record, Cranston recommended Karr for employment, claiming that he knew he had worked for The Daily Worker but did not know he was a communist.[2]

High finance

After the War Karr launched a successful career in international finance and became even more active in pro-communist work. In 1975, for example, he arranged a $250 million credit for the Soviet, Foreign Trade Bank.

His main contact in Moscow was reported to be Djermen Gvishiani, deputy chairman of the Soviet State Committee for Science and Technology and son-in-law of Soviet Premier Kosygin.[3]

Krebs campaign

Karr was also active in a campaign to have a defector from Communism, Richard KrebLink titles, deported. Krebs had been a functionary of the German Communist Party but defected and wrote a dramatic expose of Communism and Fascism, "Out of the Night" under the pen name, Jan Valtin, published in 1941.[4]

Gold coin deal

One of Karr's last deals before his death in 1979 was the sale of Soviet Olympic gold coins in cooperation with Occidental Petroleum, whose chairman is Armand Hammer, the well known pro-Soviet industrialist.[5]

Cranston, friend until the end

Alan Cranston remained a friend of Karr and said later that Karr "had a strong social conscience that made him an intense promoter of Detente."[6]


  1. History of the Daily Worker on Spartacus
  2. Communists in the Democratic Party, page 37
  3. Communists in the Democratic Party, page 37
  4. Communists in the Democratic Party, page 37
  5. Communists in the Democratic Party, page 37
  6. Communists in the Democratic Party, page 37