I Saw Poland Betrayed: An American Ambassador Reports to the American People

I Saw Poland Betrayed: An American Ambassador Reports to the American People

I Saw Poland Betrayed: An American Ambassador Reports to the American People

I Saw Poland Betrayed: An American Ambassador Reports to the American People

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Immediately following the elections of January 19, 1947, in Poland, I determined to resign my position as American Ambassador. My mission -- to ensure that "free and unfettered elections" should be held -- had been a failure. To remain in Warsaw would be interpreted as tacit acquiescence in the fraudulent methods employed in the elections.

Furthermore, I felt strongly that the facts which had brought about the tragedy of the Polish situation should be placed publicly on the record. This could not be done so long as I remained an official of the United States Government; for the facts would indicate not only the intellectual dishonesty of the Soviet and Polish Governments, but also the grievous errors which our own government had made in following a policy of appeasement in its dealings with Stalin. My resignation was accepted, to take effect on March 31, 1947, with the understanding of President Truman and of the Acting Secretary of State (Dean Acheson) that I would tell the story as I had seen it.

The Department of State kindly allowed me to refresh my memory on the happenings during my Ambassadorship by putting at my disposal the pertinent documents dealing with that period. But the views expressed in this volume are solely my own and are in nowise to be interpreted as those of the United States Government, with which I am no longer connected.

If I have seemed to make excessive use of the first personal pronoun in this volume -- as well as in its title -- it is because I have wished to emphasize that this is a first-hand and personal account of what I have seen and experienced: the consecutive steps in the formation of a puppet police state.

Where I have not given the names of informants still resident in . . .

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