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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States : diplomatic papers : the Conference of Berlin (the Potsdam Conference), 1945

The Hopkins mission to Moscow,   pp. 21-62 PDF (15.0 MB)

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  EDITOR'S NOTE.-In addition to the general review of Soviet-
American relations and the review of special problems in the light of
the forthcoming meeting of Heads of Government which are reflected
in the papers printed in this section, the Hopkins-Stalin discussions
dealt in detail with (a) the composition of the Polish delegation which
would hold discussions in Moscow with the Polish Commission
established at Yalta; (b) the arrest of certain Polish leaders by the
Soviet authorities; (c) the admission to Poland of representatives of
the American Red Cross to supervise the distribution of American
relief goods; and (d) the voting procedure to be established for the
Security Council of the United Nations. Since none of these subjects
was discussed at the Berlin Conference, they are not treated fully here.
For additional information on these subjects see Robert E. Sherwood,
Roosevelt and Hopkins: An Intimate History (New York, 1948),
chapter XXXV.
  Messages sent to and from Moscow during the course of the Hopkins-
Stalin conversations which pertain specifically to arrangements and
agenda for the forthcoming Berlin Conference are printed under
the following headings: (a) Physical Arrangements and Appointment
of Delegations, post, page 85; and (b) Preparation of the Agenda,
post, page 156.
                             No. 20
Truman Papers: Telegram
               President Truman to Marshal Stalin 1
TOP SECRET                            [WASHINGTON,] 19 May 1945.
  Personal and top secret from the President for Marshal Stalin,
Number 267.
  I am sure you are as aware as I am of the difficulty of dealing by
exchange of messages with the complicated and important questions
with which we are faced. Pending the possibility of our meeting
I am therefore sending Mr. Harry Hopkins with Ambassador Harri-
man to Moscow in order that they may have an opportunity of dis-
  1 Sent to the United States Naval Attache, Moscow, via Navy channels.
Paraphrase incorporated into note No. 266 of May 20 from George F. Kennan,
American Charg6 d'Affaires in the Soviet Union, to Foreign Commissar Molotov
for delivery to Stalin.

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