CONFERENCES: Reunion at the Yar

George Marshall's pilgrimage to the Moscow Peace Conference was surrounded by episodes, signs & portents, few of them cheerful.

The Lost Spring. Marshall's first stop was Paris, where President Vincent Auriol gave a dinner in his honor at the Elysée Palace's somber Salle Murat. On the guest of honor's right sat Jeannette Vermeersch Thorez, longtime mistress and now wife of France's Communist boss. The First Lady of French Communism speaks no English, and Marshall has forgotten most of his French; so hardly a syllable passed between the table companions in the flickering candlelight,...

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