International: Potsdam Postscript

From a credible (but not necessarily unbiased) source came a belated report on personal relations among the top men at Potsdam.

Harry Truman and Joseph Stalin got along strikingly well. Stalin's dislike of Winston Churchill and his long-winded speeches was never more apparent. Once, when Churchill voiced a detailed bill of complaint against Russian plundering in southeastern Europe, Stalin merely grunted; his interpreter said that he had no comment. Truman sprang up, said that he had investigated the British charges and was prepared to substantiate them. Stalin twinkled, pointedly replied: "I will believe the Americans."

The Russians have always known that Churchill feared...

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