National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions

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The National Council of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions is a descendant of the Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts, Science, and Professions which was cited as subversive by the California Joint Fact-Finding Committee on Un-American Activities.[1]

History

The NCASP was formed out of the Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions. In August 1945 June Hoffman, representing the cultural section of the Communist Party at its New York State convention, declared:

"We built the Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions, and it is a great political weapon."

At that same meeting Lionel Berman, husband of Louise Bransten, a known contact of Soviet espionage agents, was praised by the cultural commission of the Communist Party for his role in setting up the ICCASP.

In 1946, its then-Chairman, Harold L. Ickes repudiated the committee for its Communist character.

On August 2, 1948, Louis F. Budenz, former managing editor of the Daily Worker, testified before the Senate subcommittee of the Committee on Expenditures in the Executive Department as follows:

"The Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions was worked out originally in my office in the Daily Worker. It was worked out by the cultural commission of the Daily Worker, of which Lionel Berman, of the cultural section organizer of the (Communist) party, was a member, and he was entrusted not only by that meeting but by the political committee, as the result of these discussions

with the task of forming the Independent Citizens Committee of the Arts, Sciences, and Professions."[1]

Personnel

The following have been identified as being affiliated with the ICCASP:[1]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 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