The Yalta Story: THE NOTE-TAKERS

THE Yalta documents released by the State Department run some 500,000 words and take about nine hours to read. The minutes of the political meetings at Yalta come from three major sources:

1) Charles E. Bohlen, assistant to the Secretary of State (now Ambassador to the U.S.S.R.), acted both as interpreter for President Roosevelt and as narrator of the Big Three meetings. His smooth narrative is regarded by the State Department as "the nearest approach to an official American record of the Yalta Conference." 2) H. Freeman Matthews, director of the State Department's Office...

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