Nelson Frank

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Julian Nelson Frank (1906–1974) was a journalist for the New York World-Telegram, anti-communist, a special agent with U.S. Naval Intelligence, an investigator for the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee, and a bookstore owner.[1][2]


Frank was a writer, labor editor, and columnist for the New York World-Telegram from 1944 to 1955, where his 1945 article concerning the Duclos letter, which contributed to the ouster of Communist Party USA head Earl Browder, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.[1][3] Frank also wrote for Life and Fortune.[1]

Frank's front-page World-Telegram expose' did much to popularize the story of "Red Spy Queen" Elizabeth Bentley; he appeared with her on one of the first episodes of Meet the Press.[4][5][6] A former communist who had worked for The Daily Worker, Frank testified before Rep. Richard Nixon and HUAC to support Whittaker Chambers's accusations against Alger Hiss.[7]

Personal life and death[edit]

Frank was the father of Johanna Hurwitz and the grandfather of Garance Franke-Ruta and Ted Frank.

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  1. ^ a b c Nelson Frank Papers, The Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, Elmer Holmes Bobst Library.
  2. ^ Nelson Frank, 68, ex-Labor Reporter, New York Times, March 4, 1974.
  3. ^ Ryan, James Gilbert. (2005) Earl Browder: The Failure of American Communism. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.
  4. ^ Olmsted, Kathryn S. (2002). "Red Spy Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth Bentley". The University of North Carolina Press. ISBN 0-8078-2739-8. 
  5. ^ Kessler, Lauren (2003). "Clever Girl: Elizabeth Bentley, the Spy Who Ushered in the McCarthy Era". Harper Perennial. ISBN 0-06-095973-8. 
  6. ^ "Meet the Press", Billboard, September 25, 1948.
  7. ^ Tanenhaus, Sam (1998). "Whittaker Chambers: A Biography". Modern Library. ISBN 0-375-75145-9.