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Alexander Kirk to Franklin D. Roosevelt

Date:
1940-07-29T00:00:00
Description:
Berlin, July 29, 1940 My dear Mr. President: I fully realize that you are not to be importuned with lengthy or superfluous messages but these is a matter much on my mind and one which I dare not trat by telegraphic report. It is perhaps anomalous that at a time when the entire world seems to be concentrated on the mechanics of war the main emphasis in rumor and report, at least insofar as Berlin is concerned, has lately been on the subject of peace between England and Germany. It is futile to argue about the possible origin of these rumors for it is as easy to find support for the opinion that they are inspired as it is to believe that they are the manifestation of a natural inclination on the The President, The White House., -2- the part of war-tired peoples. It is useless also to test the sincerity of these expressions, for again it is not only impossible to place the responsibility for their utterance on any particular source, but also to strike an accurate balance of the relative advantages from the German standpoint of an immediate peace with England. The fact remains that talk is insistent on this subject and within the last few days three private individuals, and American, a Hollander and a Swede, have brought me stories of peace efforts allegedly sponsored by high Nazi officials, but decidedly not by Hitler himself -- stories which I could not report in detail owing tyo the certain danger involved to the individuals themselves. The purpose of this letter, however, is not to evaluate these rumored activities in relation to Nazi aims or policies. My purpose is solely to register my profound conviction that any concession of the part of the British Government now would destroy forever the chance of eradicating the forces which are threatening our own civilization. In saying this I am not thinking of England itself for, if I did, I might hesitate at the thought of the terrific devastation which may well be in prospect and of...
Subject:
Hitler, Adolf, 1889-1945
Partner:
National Archives and Records Administration
Part of:
1940 Correspondence, The Franklin D. Roosevelt/Winston Churchill Correspondence
Source:
https://catalog.archives.gov/id/194798
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