Theodore Bikel FBI File

Russel Neiss filed this request with the National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access of the United States of America.
Tracking #

RF-749

NARA-NGC-2021-000913

Due June 10, 2021
Est. Completion None
Status
Awaiting Response

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From: Russel Neiss

To Whom It May Concern:

A recent FOIA request to the FBI indicates that they transferred a number of files to NARA on Theodore Bikel AKA Theodore Meir Bikel whose 2015 death was widely reported. (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/theater/theodore-bikel-master-of-versatility-in-songs-roles-and-activism-dies-at-91.html)

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any FBI Files that were given to NARA on Theodore Bikel AKA Theodore Meir Bikel. Specifically files: 100-HQ-340922, 100-HQ-356640, 100-HQ-454565, and 100-NY-148674

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Russel Neiss

From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

This message is to confirm your request submission to the FOIAonline application: View Request. Request information is as follows: (https://www.foiaonline.gov/foiaonline/action/public/submissionDetails?trackingNumber=NARA-NGC-2021-000913&type=request)

* Tracking Number: NARA-NGC-2021-000913
* Requester Name: Russel Neiss
* Date Submitted: 05/12/2021
* Request Status: Submitted
* Description:
To Whom It May Concern:

A recent FOIA request to the FBI indicates that they transferred a number of files to NARA on Theodore Bikel AKA Theodore Meir Bikel whose 2015 death was widely reported. (https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/theater/theodore-bikel-master-of-versatility-in-songs-roles-and-activism-dies-at-91.html)

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the following records:

Any FBI Files that were given to NARA on Theodore Bikel AKA Theodore Meir Bikel. Specifically files: 100-HQ-340922, 100-HQ-356640, 100-HQ-454565, and 100-NY-148674

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Russel Neiss

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From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear Mr. Neiss:

Thank you for submitting your Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to
the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) via the
*FOIAOnline* website.
We received your request on May 12, 2021. Your request concerns FBI files
on Theodore Bikel.

Our office uses the *FOIAonline* portal for FOIA and Privacy Act requests
for the National Archives and Records Administration's *operational* records
(records created by this agency). Your *FOIAOnline *request is for records
that may be *archival* records (records created by or originated in a
different agency but that may have been transferred to the legal custody of
NARA), to which access is restricted. Therefore, we have forwarded it to
our *Office of Research Services, Special Access and FOIA* (RF) staff who
handle FOIA requests for such archival records.

Since *Research Services* does not process FOIA requests through
*FOIAOnline*, we removed your request from the *FOIAOnline* website. *Special
Access *staff will assign you a new tracking number, and respond directly
to you. In the future, if you need to follow up with that office directly,
please contact them at the address below, or electronically via email
(email is preferred).

The National Archives and Records Administration
Special Access and FOIA Staff (RF)
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740

By phone: 301-837-3190
By fax: 301-837-1864
By email: specialaccess_foia@nara.gov

For your reference, a copy of your request is below. In the future, you
may submit any new requests for FBI files directly to Special Access and
FOIA at their email address above.

Please visit our website at www.archives.gov/foia for further information
about submitting a FOIA request to NARA. On our main website,
www.archives.gov, you can learn more about the resources we offer to the
public, and you can access our online catalog.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and pursuant to guidance received from the
Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal
operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work
while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of
our staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may
experience a delay in receiving a substantive response to your FOIA
request. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your
understanding and patience.

Sincerely,
Susan Gillett
Government Information Specialist
Office of General Counsel
National Archives and Records Administration
College Park, MD 20740-6001
susan.gillett@nara.gov

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From: <admin@foiaonline.gov>
Date: Thu, May 13, 2021 at 7:15 AM
Subject: FOIA Request Deletion: NARA-NGC-2021-000913
To: <susan.gillett@nara.gov>

Below is an export of the submitted request information for the FOIA
request NARA-NGC-2021-000913.

- *Name and Address*
- First Name: Russel
- Middle Initial:
- Last Name: Neiss
- Organization:
- Mailing Address Location: United States/U.S. Territories
- Address Line 1: MuckRock News DEPT MR 112447
- Address Line 2: 411A Highland Ave
- City: Somerville
- State/Province: MA
- Zip/Postal Code: 02144
- *Contact Information*
- E-mail Address: requests@muckrock.com
- Phone Number:
- Fax Number:
- *Agency and Fee Information*
- Assigned Agency: NGC - Office of General Counsel
- Will Pay Up To: $0.00
- *Description*
- To Whom It May Concern:

A recent FOIA request to the FBI indicates that they transferred a
number of files to NARA on Theodore Bikel AKA Theodore Meir Bikel whose
2015 death was widely reported. (
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/theater/theodore-bikel-master-of-versatility-in-songs-roles-and-activism-dies-at-91.html
)

Pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act, I hereby request the
following records:

Any FBI Files that were given to NARA on Theodore Bikel AKA Theodore
Meir Bikel. Specifically files: 100-HQ-340922, 100-HQ-356640,
100-HQ-454565, and 100-NY-148674

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would
inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my
request. I would
prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment
if available
or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter.

I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20
business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Russel Neiss

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From: National Archives And Records Administration – Archival Or Special Access

Dear Russel Neiss,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information Act request for records in the
custody of the National Archives and Records Administration. Due to the
COVID-19 pandemic, we are not able to process FOIA requests according to
our normal procedures. We have assigned your request the temporary tracking
number RF-749. When we resume normal operations, we will log requests into
our system in the order they were received. At that time, we will provide
you with a new FOIA tracking number and a more substantive response. We
apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and
patience.

Jermaine Scott
Archives Specialist
Special Access and FOIA Program

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