A Letter From The Publisher, Mar. 26, 1945

This week TIME'S Moscow office goes on a permanent basis.

Ever since Russia came into the war we have had top-flight correspondents there—first Walter Graebner, our No. 1 man in Europe; then Richard Lauterbach; and finally John Hersey. Each was a shrewd and trained observer who brought home with him a uniquely firsthand feel of Russia at war to share with our other editors —and to give authenticity to all our reports on that enigmatic country.

But this is something different. For Craig Thompson has gone to Moscow with every expectation of staying—to watch from...