Blockbuster: The Testimony of Patrick Walsh to the Un-American Activities Subcommittee (1953)

A major new document is now online, the “Testimony of Patrick Walsh” in a public hearing before the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Un-American Activities held on Monday, July 13th, 1953 in Albany, New York.

This blockbuster testimony of special RCMP agent, Patrick Walsh, before the Un-American Activities sub-committee, had me glued to my screen.  I could not put it down until I had finished it.  Walsh supplies a significant piece of evidence against Alger Hiss, from the time when Hiss was Secretary General of the San Francisco Conference, founding the UN.

As the backdrop to his own testimony against Hiss, Walsh unfolds in cinematic detail the extraordinary Soviet-Communist worldwide control of the world’s shipping through Seamen’s Unions, and its numerous methods.

The central event of the backdrop is the strike of the International Seamen’s Union (ISU), of which the Canadian seamen’s deep-sea strike of 1949 is a part.

The ISU strike is engineered by hard-core Communist agitators for the USSR to defeat the post-WWII Marshall relief plan, a United States program of economic aid for the reconstruction of Europe (1948-1952) named after George Marshall.

That strike, which ties up ports around the world, threatens to destroy Canada’s merchant marine.  It deals a shuddering blow to national economies.  It profoundly undermines international shipping of food and medical supplies at a time when post-War Europe is in ruins and its people starving.

The action unfolds in every major shipping port on Earth.  This Congressional transcript of Walsh’s testimony is the ready-made scenario for a feature-length blockbuster movie on this epic event in Canadian and world history.  It is no less significant than the sinking of the Titanic.  Walsh’s impeccable memory for color and detail, supported by documents he gives to the subcommittee, has written every major scene of the script.

Patrick Walsh himself emerges larger-than-life, an unsung Canadian hero.  As an unemployed teen in 1935, Pat Walsh joins the Young Communist League where he is trained in Marxism in Montreal.  One of his professors is none other than convicted Soviet spy and member of Canadian Parliament, Fred Rose, aka Fred Rosenberg.  Fred Rose and many others were exposed by Igor Gouzenko, who defected from the Soviet Embassy to reveal the Canadian government as riddled with Soviet spy rings!

Walsh then moves into the Communist party to become one of its “old-time” reliable agitators, and a leader of numerous Communist front organizations here in Canada.

Learning the truth about the Communists from the gritty inside, Walsh finally turns informer and helps to save lives by stopping the Communist scuttling (sinking) of the SS Mont Rolland.

No great film is complete without comic relief.  And this epic has it.

Walsh, under Communist orders to get on a ship and become a member of the Canadian Seamen’s Union, is accompanied to the dock by his fellow Communists.

Shortly before the Mont Rolland lifts anchor to sail out of Montreal, the Communist strong-arms board the vessel, grab the hired galley boy with his baggage and throw him off the ship.  In his place, our man Walsh is brought aboard.  The Reds put Walsh in charge of Communist propaganda amongst the crew.  For his full-time Communist activities, Walsh receives the pay for the job of a galley boy, a job he now holds in name, but never does.  In his place, Communist sailors from deckside visit the galley each day on orders of Walsh’s fellow agitators.  The conscripted seamen obediently swab and paint the galley, and peel Walsh’s potatoes for him!  Walsh, a former student of Fred Rose (Soviet spy), hands free, teaches Communism to the sailors.

Patrick Walsh was born in Quebec City, had a wife and children, and was fluently bilingual.  He was often used by the Communists in French-speaking countries.  In his testimony, Walsh apologizes to the subcommittee on Un-American Activities for the French accent in his perfect English!

Thank you to Patrick Walsh for this amazing account of key dates in Canadian and world history:

The “Testimony of Patrick Walsh” (1953)


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