Helen Silvermaster

Helen Silvermaster

Helen P. Witte Silvermaster (19 July 1899 - December 22, 1991) was an accused Soviet spy.


She was born 19 July 1899 in Russia. Her father, Baron Peter Witte, was a counselor to the Czar and acted as advisor to the Mongolian government. After the October Revolution he was arrested by Bolcheviks, but later released. After her father's arrest, she moved to China and married a Russian becoming Elena Volkov in about 1923. They emigrated to San Francisco in 1924 where her son, Anatole Boris Volkov was born in 1924. Shortly after Anatole's birth the couple separated and Helen began living with Nathan Gregory Silvermaster. They were married in 1930.

The couple came to Washington D.C. in 1939. In Washington Helen was one of the leaders of the Washington Bookshop, the American League for Peace and Democracy, the Washington Committee for Aid to China, and the National Federation for Constitutional Liberties. All these organizations were Comintern and CPUSA sponsored organizations.

Helen's code name with Soviet intelligence and in the Venona project is "Dora".

She died on December 22, 1991 in Beach Haven, New Jersey. [Social Security Death Index] [She most likely was living with William Ludwig Ullmann also of the Silvermaster group. He also died in Beach Haven, New Jersey]


External links

*FBI Silvermaster File
* [http://foia.fbi.gov/foiaindex/silversm.htm Silvermaster Group FBI FOIA]
*Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev, "The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America—the Stalin Era" (New York: Random House, 1999).

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