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On Krivitsky’s death, unless the Soviet intelligence archives are opened and something turns up there, it is unlikely that we will see a more thorough study than Gary Kern’s _A Death in Washington: Walter G. Krivitsky and the Stalin Terror_. Kern finds the evidence on Krivitsky’s death ambiguous and is unable to reach a firm conclusion between suicide and murder. As for Juliet Poyntz, that she worked for Soviet intelligence in the 1930s is firmly established. Allen Weinstein and Alexander Vassiliev in _The Haunted Wood: Soviet Espionage in America--the Stalin Era_ cite KGB archival documents referring to her as part of a KGB group working in the U.S. under the direction of Jacob Serebryansky. Elizabeth Bentley in her FBI Deposition of 30 November 1945 and later in her autobiography _Out of Bondage: The Story of Elizabeth Bentley_ discussed meeting Poyntz, then using her married name of Glaser, in the mid-1930 shortly after Bentley became active in the CPUSA. Bentley said that Glaser made a clumsy attempt to recruit her for covert work and Bentley turned her down. Then in 1937 when the press discussed at some length on how one evening in June Juliet Poyntz left her room at the American Woman’s Association Clubhouse and was never seen or heard from again. Her room looked if she had expected to return that night; she had not taken any extra clothing with her, and her luggage remained in the room. From the press coverage Bentley recognized Poyntz as the woman she had known as Glaser. Weinstein and Vassiliev also note that an autobiography in the KGB archive that Bentley prepared for the KGB in 1944 mentions her contact with Poyntz in the mid-30s. But while the evidence of Poyntz’s role in Soviet espionage is firm, exactly what happened to her in June 1937 is highly suggestive but based largely on indirect evidence. Bentley said she later asked Jacob Golos, CPUSA liaison with the KGB and her lover, about Poyntz and received a statement that Poyntz had turned traitor and had been killed. Several years later Bentley received a similar statement from Anatoly Gromov, the chief of the KGB station in the U.S. Whittaker Chambers believed that Poyntz had been murdered for attempting to desert from the KGB, and said so in his autobiography _Witness_, but he never claimed to have direct knowledge of her murder. He indicates, however, that Poyntz’ fate as well as rumors of other KGB and GRU agents taken in Stalin purge of his security services played a major role in his decision to drop out of Soviet espionage in 1938 but to do so in a way that discouraged KGB retaliation. Walter Krivitsky, prior to his own death, said that he believed that Poyntz had been murdered by the KGB, but he, like Chambers, claimed no direct knowledge. As other posts have indicated, the anarchist and anti-Fascist leader Carlo Tresca, who had know Poyntz for many years, very loudly at the time accused the Soviets of murdering her because she had become disillusioned. The journalist Herbert Solow learned that KGB agent Schachno Epstein had arrived in New York and was seen with Poyntz shortly before her disappearance and left quickly after she disappeared. Tresca may have been Solow’s source on this. (A Solow manuscript on the Poyntz case is in his papers at the Hoover Institution.) (Weinstein and Vassiliev note that the material they saw, a limited slice of KGB documents, was silent about Poyntz’s fate.) John Earl Haynes