FOREIGN RELATIONS: The Price to Pay

The Crimea Conference's stern decision on German reparations—to exact payment in kind—had left the U.S. people waiting for a more detailed picture of official U.S. policy. Last week, although there was still no detailed statement of policy, they got a strong hint that Franklin Roosevelt was minded to go along with the Russians and, presumably, the British, in demanding a strict accounting for German destruction in Europe.

The President had turned the problem over to two of his sharpest troubleshooters.

Secretary of State Edward R. Stettinius Jr. appointed small, sharp-eyed Dr. Isador...

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