1939-12-14 00:00:00

Nazi liner Columbus hastily leaves Vera Cruz, Mexico. [This ship figures as the Cristoforus in Rivera’s third HOY article (1.13.40). There are allegations about the real use of thei ship. Like many other Nazis ships at sea, it is trying to find its way home after the war suddenly commenced September 1, 1939.]

1939-12-13 00:00:00

“...Other members of the committee had no idea of Dies’ plan to examine Trotsky and Mexican painter Diego Rivera until he broke into the headlines with it--without committee approval..”  (SF Chron, 12.14.39, p. 17)

1939-12-09 00:00:00

FBI translation of article,“Diego Rivera Tells the Dies Committee Who the Agents of the 'Checa' in Mexico are.”                                

Editorial “Trotsky at Every Opera House” [Advocates Dies holding hearing in every town with Trotsky, charging a small entrance fee and thus fund the Committee.]

Editorial “Original Expropriation Not Paid For” [Montezuma’s heirs have been waiting for 350 years for reimbursement, so American owners of recently expropriated properties shouldn’t get their hopes up.]  (SF Chron, Ed. Page, p.10)

1939-12-08 00:00:00

Rivera’s birthday.  SF Chronicle editorial on why Trotsky would make a star witness. Letter to the editor hoping that the deal to stage the 1940 GGIE gets going. Also, Rivera statement, Excelsior and interview by Arthur Constantine, International News Service.

Rivera says he realizes he’s in danger. (FBI files)

1939-12-06 00:00:00

Martin Dies announces that Rivera and Trotsky may come to Texas to testify before Jan. 3.  Rivera denies knowledge of the invitation and says “It’s all rather strange.” Trotsky doesn’t comment.  (SF Chron, 12.7.39)  “Committee associates are surprised.  (NY Times, 12.7.39, p.22)