1951 September 19

All-Time “Namer of Names,” Martin Berkeley Names 100+ to HUAC


Screenwriter Martin Berkeley on this day name more than 100 people as current or former Communists in testimony to the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC). There is debate over the exact figure, but Victor Navasky argues that Berkeley named as many as 161 people, making him by far the greatest “namer” in the history of HUAC.

Berkeley had himself been a member of the Communist Party from 1937 to 1943, which he admitted, and it was from those years that he identified people in his testimony. There is much dispute, however, whether all of the people he named were in fact Communist Party members. Berkeley testified before HUAC again in 1953.

Learn more about “naming names:” Victor Navasky, Naming Names (1980)

Read about the history of HUAC: Walter Goodman, The Committee: The Extraordinary Career of the House Committee on Un-American Activities (1968)


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