Albert Kahn

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Albert E. Kahn of California

Anti Fascist investigator

Albert Kahn was widely known in the US, for his "investigations of secret diplomacy and fifth column intrigue".

A graduate of Dartmouth College and winner of the Crawford-Campbell Literary Fellowship, Mr. Kahn in 1939 became Executive Secretary of the American Council Against Nazi Propaganda, of which the late William E. Dodd, former Ambassador to Germany, was Chairman.

As editor of THE HOUR, a confidential newsletter devoted to exposing Axis fifth column operations, Mr. Kahn won nation-wide recognition for his "sensational news-scoops on German and Japanese conspiratorial activities in the Americas." In collaboration with Michael Sayers, Kahn wrote three books: Sabotage! The Secret War Against America, one of the leading best-sellers of the war period; The Plot Against the Peace, which achieved top sales in the immediate postwar period; and The Great Conspiracy which has thus far been translated into fifteen languages. Mr. Kahn was a member of the Literature Division of the Progressive Citizens of America.[1]

Karr connection

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.[2]

Scientific and Cultural Conference for World Peace

Albert Kahn 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.[3]

National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee

As of May 1964, Albert Kahn, writer, was listed as a sponsor of the Communist Party USA front, National Committee to Abolish the House Un-American Activities Committee.

Herbert Aptheker Testimonial Dinner

On April 28, 1966 Albert Kahn 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.[4]

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.[5]

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; Albert Kahn, Writer; Poet.


  2. Communists in the Democratic Party, page 37
  3. 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
  4. Dinner Program for the Herbert Aptheke Dinner, April 28, 1966
  5. WORLD PEACE COUNCIL LIST OF MEMBERS 1977-1980, Information Centre of the World Peace Council Lönnrotinkatu 25 A 5 krs 00180 Helsinki 18 Finland