Harvey Klehr

Harvey Klehr is the Andrew W. Mellon professor of politics and history, emeritus, at Emory University. He has written many books on espionage in the United States and the history of the American Communist party.

Ethel Rosenberg’s Mythic Innocence

The author of “The Eternal Return of Ethel Rosenberg” joins us for a discussion about his subject’s unending—and false—air of innocence.

Oct. 28 2021 12:01AM

The Eternal Return of Ethel Rosenberg

A much-loved new biography argues that the convicted Soviet spy “betrayed no one.” How has the myth of her innocence become so untethered from the evidence of her guilt?

Oct. 4 2021 12:01AM

Lucy Dawidowicz: Dispassionate Historian and Bold Defender of Jewish Interests

An engaging and revelatory new biography is a necessary reminder of the Jewish historian’s important place among 20th-century American intellectuals.

July 7 2020 12:01AM

Few American Jews Were Communists, and Many Fewer Were Spies

But notoriously some, like Morton Sobell, were both. For the Jewish community, their highly visible profile was a constant source of tension and embarrassment.

June 11 2019 12:01AM

Communism, Zionism, and the Jews: A Brief Romance

Communist parties worldwide, including in the U.S. and Palestine, took their orders from Moscow, which meant that—with one consequential exception—they opposed Zionism.

Nov. 20 2017 12:01AM