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This collection includes correspondence between Bernard Gorczyca and the Steel Workers Organizing Committee regarding his dismissal from the union and the ensuing battle to regain his status. Newspapers depicting Gorczyca at the U.S. Senate Banking Committee hearing in 1946 are also present. His FBI file and an interview with Robert and Patricia Gorczyca detail the extent to which the national government feared Gorczyca, and in some cases his family, as a security threat. Summaries of Gorczyca's ordeals can be found in the Fall 2006 issue of Western Pennsylvania History containing the article "McCarthyism Hits Home: Bernard Gorczyca and His Family" by his son Robert and two cassettes containing interviews with Gorczyca by Dr. John E. Bodnar for the Pennsylvania History and Museum Commission. Copies of the interviews may also be found at the Senator John H. Heinz III History Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.


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