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Longhand Note of President Harry S. Truman with Attached Memorandum from Admiral Robert Dennison to President Truman, May 18, 1952. President's Secretary's Files - Longhand Notes.

May 18, 1952

The conferences on the Korean Armistice are propaganda sounding boards for the Commies.

Charge them with murdering our soldiers and civilians who are prisoners of war against every rule of the Geneva convention. Charge them with kidnapping children in South Korea just as they are doing in Berlin and as they did in Greece. Thousands of German children have been deported in the last seven years and have never been heard from. 1500 Greek children were taken from their homes and their parents while the Commies occupied northern Greece. Where are these Korean, German and Greek children? Have they been murdered? We believe they have.

What has happened to the 1,000,000 German prisoners the Soviet holds or have they also been murdered as the Poles were murdered at Katyn?

Where are the million Japs who surrendered to the Russians? Are they murdered or are they in slave labor camps?

How many South Korean and Allied prisoners have you shot without cause? You claim you hold only 12,000 prisoners. Where are the other thousands of civilians and soldiers you carried off from South Korea?

If you signed an agreement it wouldn't be worth the paper it is written on.

You've broken every agreement you made at Tehran, Yalta and Potsdam. You have no morals, no honor. Your whole program at this conference has been based on lies and propaganda.

Now do you want an end to hostilities in Korea or do you want China and Siberia destroyed? You may have one or the other, whichever you want. These lies of yours at this conference have gone far enough. You either accept our fair and just proposal or you will be completely destroyed.

Read Confucius on morals to them. Read Buddha's code to them. Read the Declaration of Independence to them. Read the French declaration, Liberty & Fraternity. Read the Bill of Rights to them. Read the 5th, 6th, & 7th Chapters of St. Matthew to them. Read St. John's prophecy on Anti Christ and have your own interpreter do it.

You've enough real truth here to last you a month. Be sure the world press is briefed on every meeting where you follow these instructions.

The C. in C.

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