request for source re: Truman quote

1998-06-14

Richard Moore

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Date: Sat, 13 Jun 1998
From: chatski carl <•••@••.•••>
To: "Richard K. Moore" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: China and propaganda

On Thu, 11 Jun 1998, Richard K. Moore wrote:
>.........
>    If we see that Germany is winning we should help Russia and if Russia
>    is winning we ought to help Germany and that way let them kill as many
>    as possible . . .
>                                                 Harry S. Truman, 1941

Do you have a reference for this quote?
Thanks - Carl
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I'm sure a reader will have the answer at hand.  I've received it numerous
times as sigs, or in lists of quotes, or in midst of articles, etc.
Certainly false rumours can be spread that way... we'll see what folks say.

I saw what _purported to be an actual newspaper page with that quote in it,
back in student days.  A of us were studying in Europe, and went on a
"Berlin tour".   We took the mandatory crossing into the East -- scary!
(not) -- through Checkpoint Charlie, and were hosted by a cheery group of
bright East-German students who had obviously been hand picked.  They began
chatting us up and gently explaining how the nazis could only have come to
power in a capitalist regime, etc. etc..  We thought they were absurd
brainwashed automotons and just chuckled as they ranted.  Our professor was
clearly pleased with our sagacity.

Then they showed us a room of exhibits.  Lots of front pages from supposed
US newspapers showing violent suppression of unions over the decades.  We
knew, of course, that it was all lies, forged pages.  There was one
statement they had circled, on a yellowed page, which was the Truman quote.
_That one I didn't doubt much... made sense to me...  Hitler?  Stalin?...
why not?

rkm


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