Berlin, Richard E., 1894- / Diary of a flight to occupied Germany, July 20 to August 27, 1945.
Account of Potsdam conference, pp. 48-49 PDF (467.5 KB)
or no attention to you, and resemble whipped dogs. None of the so-called German arrogance or fighting expression is left in their make-up. They are a whipped, defeated people and they know it. Account of Potsdam Conference We dined with Col. Saunders, in charge, under Brigadier. General Treadwell, of British Press Relations. He tells us he flew in an hour before from Potsdam, where he witnessed the close of the conference last evening. He was eager to allow all of the newspaper men, British, American, etc., to see the close of the conference, as reporters had been forbidden admittance during the entire proceedings. Saunders said he spoke to Attlee, Churchill's successor, who agreed that it should be done. Attlee asked him to speak to Pres- ident Truman, and Truman said he was quite agreeable. Saunders then asked Molotov, but no one in the Russian delegation seemed to have any authority, and all dodged the question. Saunders then asked Truman if he would speak to Stalin. Our President said, absolutely no; that he had too many things to trade with Stalin on, and that he did not wish to discuss this minor point which the Russian would be apt to call a major concession. Saunders then said he went to Stalin himself, who said he would be agreeable, and the correspondents were accordingly admitted. He mentioned this incident to show how everything must be passed on by "Uncle Joe." Col. Saunders also told us how he rescued, in the Russian zone of Berlin yesterday, the mother of a British Army Officer who had been interned in Berlin during the entire time of the war. The Colonel said when he presented himself at her door, the old lady was delighted to see him. When she asked him in, she brought out the fine laces she had hidden, produced a treasured "tea bag" and poured tea with all the grace and charm of former days. 48
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