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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)

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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

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