Aug 1965, Cromley
Ray Cioniley Secret-Red Youth School In U.S. WASHINGTON (NEA) Late last month the Communist party called 80 selected Red youths in from all over the United States for a secret training school. The sessions were held at Camp Midvale at Ringwood, N. J., about 35 miles from New York City. Students were hand picked as potential future leaders of the senior Communist party. The meetings were so secret that the two weeks they were there the students were prohibited from communicating with the outside world. No phone calls were permitted, incoming or outgoing. Students were not allowed to send letters from the camp. As an added security measure, students used only their first names for the two weeks. During the sessions, several leaders of the W.E.B. Du Bois (youth) Clubs of America were inducted into full membership In the Communist party. Instructors at the school included top Reds. Communist party general secretary Gus Hall, vice-chairman Henry Winston and Claude Lighfoot, chief party theoretician Herbert Aptheker, national youth director Michael Zagarell, national education secretary Hyman Lumer, national committee member Helen Winter and veteran party officials James Jackson, Jacob Stachel, Betty Gannett and George Meyers were among the teachers. MOST STUDENTS ATTENDING the school have now been sent to Key cities to begin twin recruiting drives for the Communist party and for the Du Bois Clubs. Young people working on these drives are paid $30 a week. nuoMLEV The main thrust of this organizational drive centers in key Midwest cities —St. Louis, Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit. The secret school included instruction in Len- in's works on the necessity of and the methods of achieving the violent overthrow of non-Communist governments by force. Other courses dealt with the Communist theory of "peaceful coexistence" and how it is a form of the class struggle between Communists and non-Communists. Course titles included "The fight for peace and against imperialist aggression in Viet Nam;" "The struggle of Negroes in the United States for equality;" "The class struggle and the trade union movement;" "The revolutionary significance of the civil rights movement;" and "The struggle for economic welfare." REQUIRED READING INCLUDED several chapters in' the Soviet Communist text "Fundamentals of Marxism Leninism." The Communist youth were told to use every opportunity to work into the civil rights movement. They were told to co-operate with all student drives against the United States in Viet Nam including drives which urge young men to refuse military service in Southeast Asia. They were instructed to never lose a chance to use any youth groups available for their aims and to work through them as fronts rather than openly as Reds. All this adds up to one thing. The Communist problem is not the size of the Red organization. The problem rather is that with preparation, a handful of Communist-trained young people can sometimes push a non-Red youth group into acts which suit Communist aims.