THE NATION: The Light of History

The decade-old secrets of Yalta were out. In a sudden, historic move the U.S. Department of State last week released the text of official documents relating to the ill-fated meeting of Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill and Joseph Stalin in the Crimea. The documents were crammed with illuminating (and often appalling) details of the mood and manner in which the Big Three sliced up the world (see p. 27). In the clamor that followed publication of the papers, most Americans were interested in the answers to two questions: 1) Why did the State Department release them at this time? 2) What...

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