COLD WAR: Reaction to Yalta

The Yalta documents struck Western Europe with the force of painful memories freshly stirred. It was not so much the news—anyone who followed events closely knew much of it—but what one newsman called "the dirty little footnotes" that leaped from headline to mind, and from tongue to tongue.

In Germany it was the jolly talk of a Big Three toast to the execution of 50,000 German officers that caught most eyes. But most Germans needed no further evidence of the wartime hatred of themselves among the Allies, and some even conceded, as did Bonn's...

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