The Soviet Stand on Germany: 9 Key Documents Including Diplomatic Papers and Major Speeches

The Soviet Stand on Germany: 9 Key Documents Including Diplomatic Papers and Major Speeches

The Soviet Stand on Germany: 9 Key Documents Including Diplomatic Papers and Major Speeches

The Soviet Stand on Germany: 9 Key Documents Including Diplomatic Papers and Major Speeches

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Twice in this century Germany has ignited devastating world conflagrations. Now the world again views with apprehension the dangerous developments taking place there. But this time the stakes are much higher; the lives of hundreds of millions of people are involved.

Totally different interpretations of the German question have grown up in the United States and the Soviet Union. If these differences existed over less important matters, no one would care too much. But the issues involved have brought the two strongest powers in the world face to face with each other in a hostile stance. No confrontation of states has ever demanded more sober thinking as a means for finding a peaceful resolution of a deadly impasse.

The Editors of CROSSCURRENTS PRESS, believing that full knowledge of the Soviet position would be useful to Americans in seriously assessing the German problem, sent a request to the Chairman of the USSR Council of Ministers, Nikita S. Khrushchev, for a statement of his views. He responded in the form of a "Letter to American Readers," together with permission to publish nine documents as a volume setting forth in great detail the Soviet stand on Germany. Needless to say, we are gratified by the full reply given to us by Chairman Khrushchev. We also wish to acknowledge the translations of these documents supplied by Novesti Press Agency.

It would seem that sane men on both sides agree that the supreme interest of both the Soviet people and the American people is self-preservation, and that this gives us a common interest which transcends all ideological differences. The suffering and wrong which another war would bring about are beyond our imaginations. If war is the supreme irrationality of our time, then we must talk. To talk we must know. We sincerely hope that our effort in publishing this book will be a contribution to both knowing and talking.

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