LeRoy Wolins ( 1929- 2005) was a prominent Chicago Communist Party USA member and "peace" activist. He is survived by partner of 25 years Dorothy Kemp and a son Tye Wolins. He lived his last years in South Haven, Michigan.
LeRoy was a Korean War Veteran and earned a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Chicago, prior to his military service. He ran "Russian Language Specialties," dealing in Russian and Slavic language publications until 2002.
As a child growing up in Chicago, LeRoy Wolins was an early student of politics.
Wolins finished high school in Chicago, then spent two years at UCLA, eventually earning a master's degree in city planning from the University of Chicago.
While at the University of Chicago, Wolins worked on the student newspaper, the Chicago Maroon.
For much of his life, Mr. Wolins ran a business selling Russian- language books to colleges and universities. His interest in all things Russian and his politics drew the attention of the U.S. government. The FBI kept a file on him, and he was called to testify before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
Soviet "black" propagandist
The pair owned a company called Translation World Publishers, which specialized in publications from and about the Soviet Union. The company soon attracted the attention of the House Un-American Activities Committee, which suspected Canter and Wolins of being conduits for Soviet propaganda.
In a report prepared by the House Committee on Un-American Activities, May and July 1962 entitled "Communist Outlets for the Distribution of Soviet propaganda in the United States" David Canter was heavily quizzed about payments his company received from the Soviet Union.
After the U.S. Government demanded that Translation World Publishers register as the agent of a foreign power, Canter de-registerd the company.
The Committee went on to find that;
- Translation World Publishers was an outlet for the distribution of Soviet propaganda...this publishing house was subsidized by Soviet funds and was created by known Communists to serve the propaganda interests of the U.S.S.R.
GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee
For a time in 1980s Wolins was a book salesman in Pullman, Michigan. He was a member of the South Haven Diversity Coalition and a member of the WMU based anti-apartheid student group South African Solidarity Organization.
- On one such trip, Mr. Wolins filled an entire suitcase with books and pamphlets so he wouldn't fall behind on his political reading.
Paul Robeson 100th Birthday Committee
- [http://www.chicagovfp.org/events/LeRoyWolinsDinner.htm Chicago Area Veterans for Peace, First Annual LeRoy Wolins Memorial Dinner, Formally Spring/Elbe Day Dinner Saturday, April 22, 2006]
- Undated, GI Civil Liberties Defense Committee letterhead circa 1969