Yay for the Wayback Machine– it allowed me to find the now dead transcript of Bertolt Brecht’s HUAC testimony during the first wave of Hollywood Blacklist hearings. Unlike the ten who refused to testify, Brecht, rather concerned that he might miss his plane back to Europe, faced the music– and promptly outwitted, mystified and wore down the entire Committee.
A particular highlight:
MR. STRIPLING: Mr. Brecht, since you have been in the United States, have you attended any Communist Party meetings?
MR. BRECHT: No, I don’t think so.
MR. STRIPLING: You don’t think so?
MR. BRECHT: No.
THE CHAIRMAN: Well, aren’t you certain?
MR. BRECHT: No-I am certain, yes.
THE CHAIRMAN: You are certain you have never been to Communist Party meetings?
MR. BRECHT: Yes, I think so. I am here six years-I am here those-I do not think so. I do not think that I attended political meetings.
THE CHAIRMAN: No, never mind the political meetings, but have you attended any Communist meetings in the United States?
MR. BRECHT: I do not think so, no.
THE CHAIRMAN: You are certain?
MR. BRECHT: I think I am certain.
THE CHAIRMAN: You think you are certain?
MR. BRECHT: Yes, I have not attended such meetings, in my opinion.
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