Howard Da Silva

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Howard Da Silva, a well known Hollywood and stage actor, had been identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA) in congressional hearings, but took the Fifth Amendment about his Party member and fronts activities, along with Will Geer in their appearance before the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HCUA), DC, March 8, 1951 (See pps. 120-125 in Robert Vaugh's "Only Victims: A Study of Show Business Blacklisting", as well as HCUA, Hearings on "Communist Infiltration of Hollywood Motion-Picture-Industry", hearings, 82nd Congress, 1st Session, 1951, Parts I-VI; 82nd Congress, 2nd Session, 1952, Parts VII-X).

Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace

Howard Da Silva 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]

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 Howard Da Silva was a sponsor of the Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner. The dinner was held on the occasion of Herbert Aptheker's 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.[2]

We Will Make Peace Prevail!

On March 28, 1982 the New World Review organized a gala luncheon "We Will Make Peace Prevail! Disarmament Over Confrontation, Life Over Death", at the Grand Ballroom, Hotel Roosevelt, New York City. Virtually all participants were identified as Communist Party USA.

Howard Da Silva was listed on the Committee of Sponsors.[3]


  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. Dinner Program for the Herbert Aptheker Dinner, April 28, 1966, "Extent of Subversion in Campus Disorders: Testimony of Ernesto E. Blanco", Part 1, June 19, 1969, hearings before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (SISS), Senate Judiciary Committee, pp. 70-73,
  3. We Will Make Peace Prevail! event brochure