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Form letter sent by Linus Pauling on behalf of Sidney Weinbaum. 1949.
A form letter in which Pauling solicits donations for Sidney Weinbaum's defense fund.



You probably have heard that Dr. Sidney Weinbaum will soon undergo trial.

Dr. Weinbaum was born in Russia, and came to the United States in 1922. He became a citizen in 1927. For two years he was a student at the California Institute of Technology, obtaining his BS degree in 1924. He spent five years in industrial work, and then was Research Assistant and Research Fellow in Chemistry at the Institute from 1929 to 1943, and he received the PhD degree in Physics in 1933. He then worked in the aviation industry until 1946, and for the jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1946 to 1949.

In 1949 he was removed from his position because of his classification by the Army as a poor security risk. The California Institute of Technology appealed the case. At the appeal hearing he was charged with having been a communist in the middle 1930’s. He denied the charge under oath, having himself chosen to make a statement under oath rather than an affirmation. He I snow faced with three charges of perjury and five of fraud, permitting a possible sentence of forty years. No charges of violation of security regulations have been made.

A group of his friends (Professors James Bonner, Charles DePrima, Paul S. Epstein, Linus Pauling, and Verner Schomaker) are now raising money to be used in an effort to achieve a full presentation of evidence at Sidney Weinbaum’s trial.

We are writing to ask if you can contribute a small (or large) sum to help in this work. Checks may be made out to Linus Pauling, and sent to him at the address 2500 Fairpoint Street, Pasadena 8, California.

Sincerely yours,

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