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"New World Review" was a long-time Communist Party USA publication promoting communism and the Soviet Union. The Fall, 1967 special edition '50 Years of the USSR" had this to say about itself.

NWR Becomes a Quarterly

"New World Review since its inception has sought to give a clear view of this emerging socialism. But so manysided have become its processes of growth that a different type of publication is called for. That is why with this issue NWR becomes a quarterly."

"Quarterly publication will permit space for the material increasingly being gathered in the socialist countries by the latest methods of sociological investigation - polls, interviews in depth, detailed questionnaires; it will also permit a more generous use of diction, plays and poems; and it will make possible much fuller treatment of material of interest to people active in the peace movement, to our restless, searching young people, and to the Negro people in their struggle."

(The reference in the first sentence about "emerging socialism" came from a previous set of paragraphs entitled "Oh Bright and Morning Star" about a Soviet satellite landing on Venus. After praising this accomplishment, the second paragraph contained the following statement:

"This information about the planet Venus becomes now an indispensable part of man's knowledge of the universe. Just as here, on the planet Earth, knowledge and understanding of the development of socialism in the Soviet Union and the other socialist countries must become a basic part of man's long quest for a truly human society."

Staff of NWR for this issue of Fall, 1967

Address and Printing Information

NWR Publications, Inc. 156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 308 NY, 10010, NY Phone: CHelsea 3-0666

Of extreme interest is a little entry in the "Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation (Act of October 23, 1962, Section 4369, Title 39, United States Code) listing Frederick V. Field, Calle de Londres 87-201, Mexico, D. F. as either an owner, partner or stockholder of more than one percent of the stock.

Field fled the United States after having been identified as a Soviet spy by Whittaker Chambers before a congressional hearing. The "V" in his middle name stood for "Vanderbilt". Some information on Field can be found in the Romerstein and Breindel book "The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors, Regnery, 2000" and numerous congressional hearings.

The printing "bug", i.e. the print shop label found on this publication is "209", which is one of several print shops belonging to the Communist Party USA. Information on this is found in the House Committee on Un-American Committee publication "Guide to Subversive Organizations and Publications (and Appendixes), HCUA, December 1, 1961, p. 142".

"Prompt Press: 1. "a printing union identification symbol described as Bug 209 appears on many of the (Communist) Party publications, including Party membership cards, and pertains to the printing plant of Prompt Press, a Party publishing organization."

"***Prompt Printing Press Inc., (is) a printing establishment whose entire stock is owned by witness (Boris) Cohen, a Party member***" [1]

"2. "Prints the bulk of the literature issued by the Communist Party and its affiliates and is reliably known to be owned by the Communist Party."[2]

Information on Jessica Smith and NWR can be also be found in The Guide to Subversive Activities, referenced above, under the citations of the NWR as a Communist Party operation on page 195 as follows:

"New World Review" "1. Soviet Russia Today commenced as the official organ of Friends of the Soviet Union.***It and its successor New World Review have a continuous record of over 22 years of uninterrupted publication and admittedly have operated in respondent's the National Council of America-Soviet Friendship, Inc interest and are used as educational media by respondent." "Soviet Russia Today" was "succeeded in the early 1950's by "New World Review". Jessica Smith, a member of the Board of Directors of the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Inc. NCASF, "was also shown to be long-time member and functionary in the (Communist) Party CPUSA, as well as in the Party-controlled Friends of the Soviet Union. She has been continuously the editor of "Soviet Russia Today" and its successor "New World Review" for years.""

Subversive Activities Control BoardSACB, Docket No. 104-53, Report and Order with respect to the National Council of American-Soviet Friendship, Inc., February 7, 1956, pp. 20 and 22]]

"2. The Communist Party "is regularly putting out" the "New World Review", which is a "monthly propaganda organ on the Soviet Union, Red China, and the Communist satellites, published in New York"."

Committee on Un-American Activities, Annual Report for 1958, House Report 187, March 9, 1959, p. 9

"3. Cited as an organization specializing in pro-Soviet propaganda. It was formerly known as "Soviet Russia Today""

A little information about Smith, such as the fact that she was married to Soviet/CPUSA operative Harold Ware and later to another Soviet/CPUSA operative John Abt, the latter becoming openly the CPUSA's attorney before congressional and other governmental investigative bodies for hostile witnesses (usually identified CPUSA members), can also be found in the Romerstein and Breindel book, on page 186.

List of Contributors to the Fall, 1967 edition on NWR

NWR Celebration, Tribute and Luncheon to Honor Jessica Smith February 1, 1976, NYC

The NWR, in an ad placed in the CP's "[Daily Workers]] (DW) of January 3, 1976, p. 11?, announcing an affair on Sunday, 12 Noon, February 1, 1976, Hotel Roosevelt, New York, New York, Luncheon $10.50, Program only, $2.00, Anniversary Committee, Suite 308, 156 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y., 10010, (212) - 243-0666. It was entitled "A Celebration ... A Tribute...A Luncheon...To Honor" Jessica Smith on her 80th birthday and 40th year as Editor of New World Review (NWR)."

Names listed associated with this affair as "presenting greetings" were:

A follow-up article in the DW of Jan. 16, 1976,p. 3 was entitled "Supporters of détente will honor Jessica smith on Feb. 1". Selected paragraphs from this article are below:

"Readers and friends of the New World Review will be coming in from all over the East coast to pay tribute to a woman whose name has become synonymous with many progressive struggles."

"Jessica Smith has been identified with the early struggles in support of the young Soviet republic, with support of U.S.-URRS trade relations, with the fight against fascism, for the truth about the growing socialist society in the face of cold war lies."

"Thelma Dale Perkins, longtime activist for American-Soviet friendship will chair the luncheon.

"Among those presenting greetings will be

  • John Abt, civil liberties lawyer, Smith's second husband, and identified member of a Soviet spy ring in the government during WW2. Smith her self was earlier married to a top Soviet spy, Harold Ware. For a good book on the subject of Soviet spies, see "The KGB Against the 'Main Enemy'":How the Soviet Intelligence Service Operates Against the United States", Herbert Romerstein and [{Stanislav Levchenko]] (former KGB agent, Lexington Books, 1989, and the encyclopedic work "Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America", John Earl Haynes, Harvey Klehr and Alexander Vassiliev, Yale University Press, 2009, among others.

(End of selected paragraphs from the 1/16/76 DW article).

New World Review Luncheon, March 25, 1979

The CPUSA publication and front, the New World Review , held a luncheon in New York City on March 25, 1979, with the them of "SALT II: Turning Point for Peace". It was held by: NWR Luncheon Committee 156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 308, New York, NY, 10010 (212) 243-0666 Printing Bug 209 appeared on the invitation and envelope.


Committee of Sponsors:

[NB: Many of those presently not identified as members of the CPUSA in congressional hearings will be listed as Communist Party USA when we find the congressional source for complete verification. Some who have not been publicly identified as a member of the CPUSA were decades-long documents supporters including some of the entertainers listed (Hollister, Rippy, Burrows, etc.) who performed at CPUSA fronts and fundraisers.]

New World Review Luncheon April 20, 1980

The invitation to the NWR luncheon on April 20, 1980 contained the following information:

"New World Review stands for detente and disarmament, for friendship and understanding with the Soviet Union and other socialist nations, the developing countries and national liberation movements. Recent warlike actions of the Carter Administration make it more than ever vital to work together to avert nuclear war and press for peaceful relations that provide our only security."

Photo of and quote from World Peace Council leader Romesh Chandra, who was also a leader of the pro-Soviet Communist Party of India and a Soviet agent-of-influence.

"You cannot save the world unless you change it - and you cannot change the world unless you save it."

"Voices for Peace and Detente" Chairman:

  • Gil Noble - Producer-host of WABC-TV's "Like It Is"



Music: Abdulla Ibrahim and Sathima Ibrahim - Noted jazz concert pianist and singer - exiles from South Africa

Initiating Sponsors:

Committee of Sponsors:

New World Review Luncheon, March 29, 1981

"An Invitation" to the luncheon whose theme was "Humanity at the Crossroads: For Peace - For Liberation - For Survival" to be held at the Grand Ballroom, Hotel Roosevelt, Madison Avenue at 45th Street, NYC, NY

NWR Luncheon Committee 156 Fifth Avenue, Suite 308 NYC, NY 10010 (212) 243-0666

Insert letter by actress Ruby Dee praised identified Soviet operative Jessica Smith as follows:

"Surely this calls for a joyous tribute to one of our most beloved leaders in the struggle for peace and co-existence among nations. For those of us who cherish peace and work for peace Jessica's steadfast courage and sparkling intelligence have strengthened our spirit and deepened our insight."

[NB: This is as close an admission as Dee ever made that she was a communist. Her husband, actor Ossie Davis openly gave his support to the Soviet Union and communism in [[New World Review: 50 years of the USSR, Fall, 1967, "A Back Man's Salute", p. 10].]


"This year marks Jessica Smith's 85th birthday. We shall use the occasion to celebrate with joy her 45 years of association with NWR and its predecessor, "Soviet Russia Today".

"New World Review" stands for detente and disarmament, for friendship and understanding with the Soviet Union and other socialist nations, the developing countries and national liberation movements. The warlike designs of the Reagan Administration make it more than ever vital to work together to avert nuclear war and press for peaceful relations that provide our only security."

Union print shop "Bug" 209 was used on these materials.

Initiating Sponsors:

Committee of Sponsors:

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.[7]



  1. [[Subversive Activities Control Board, Docket No. 108-53, Report and Order with respect to the Veterans of the Abraham Lincoln Brigade, December 21, 1955, p. 8; and Docket No. 111-53, Report and Order with respect to the United May Day Committee April 27, 1956, p. 65; see also. p. 73.
  2. Attorney General Francis Biddle, "Congressional Record", September 24, 1942, p. 7685
  3. The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors, Herbert Romerstein & Eric Breindel, Regnery, 2000, pp. 284, 285, 287, 289, 290
  4. Labor History, Summer 1994, Vol. 35, No. 3
  5. [[People's Daily World, June 3, 1986, p. 11, "PDW's Founders List" has {H. Gottlieb]], Bronx, where Harry Gottlieb lived
  6. The Venona Secrets: Exposing Soviet Espionage and America's Traitors, Herbert Romerstein & Eric Breindel, Regnery, 2000
  7. We Will Make Peace Prevail! event brochure