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  • November 26, 1943

    J. Edgar Hoover Message Authorizing Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    FBI Director Hoover grants a request for microphone surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • February 09, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov with Soviet embassy officials and members of the American film industry.

  • March 12, 1944

    Letter from Homi Bhabha to Sir Dorab of Tata Trust

    Dr. Homi Bhabha’s letter to Dr. Sorab detailing the poor condition of applied research in India due to lack of pure research workers and a hope to remedy the problem by building an advanced physics university in Bombay.

  • April 15, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov with Soviet embassy officials and members of the American film industry.

  • April 22, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Letter to Assistant Secretary of State Adolf A. Berle

    The FBI states that a confidential source reports that Kalatozov is meeting with Nelson Rockefeller regarding distributing Soviet films to South America. The signature is difficult to read but is likely J. Edgar Hoover.

  • June 01, 1944

    Memorandum for J. Edgar Hoover on Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov's Status

    A confidential source reports that a State Department official informed the Soviet embassy that film director Kalatozov's activities fall within the purview of the Registration Act, and he must register with the Department of Justice as an agent of foreign country.

  • June 05, 1944

    Letter to J. Edgar Hoover on Mikhail Kalatozov

    A heavily redacted letter from Ottawa reporting on foreign contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov in Canada and Mexico.

  • June 13, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on contacts made by Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov with Soviet embassy officials and members of the American film industry, including Orson Welles.

  • June 14, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Teletype Reporting Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Report that a microphone has been installed for surveillance of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • August 16, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Telegram on Mikhail Kalatozov

    A source indicated that film director Mikhail Kalatozov will be returning to the Soviet Union.

  • August 23, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov has left Los Angeles for New York and Washington, DC, and will likely be returning home to the Soviet Union. A list of contacts by Kalatozov's staff and his wife to various American film producers and directors is recorded, including Orson Welles.

  • September, 1944

    Memorandum by George Kennan , 'Russia – Seven Years Later' (excerpt)

    George Kennan describes Stalin's character, underlining the importance of his nationality, ignorance of the west, and his seclusion. Kennan further warns that Stalin's advisors are not interested in collaborating with western democracies, and that Russia's internal police regime is developed beyond its foreign policy.

  • September 11, 1944

    Memorandum for J. Edgar Hoover on Proposed Organization for Exchange of American and Soviet Films

    A heavily redacted memorandum on a report from the Assistant Attorney General regarding a proposed organization to exchange Soviet and American films, which would involve film director Mikhail Kalatozov.

  • October 09, 1944

    Record of Meeting at the Kremlin, Moscow, 9 October 1944, at 10 p.m.

    Churchill, Eden, Stalin, and Molotov discuss the leadership in Poland, Britains interests in Greece and Hong Kong, the actions of Romania and Bulgaria during the war, Turkey, the need for the Great Powers to exert influence on the Balkans to prevent small wars, the leadership of Italy, interests in Bulgaria and Romania, the dividing of Germany and Germany's future, and the American plans in the war against Japan.

  • October 10, 1944

    Record of Meeting at the Kremlin, Moscow on 10 October 1944, at 7 p.m.

    Eden and Molotov discuss the post-war situation in the Balkans, the installment of a Control Commission to influence Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania, Yugoslavia and Germany as well as the dividing of these countries and which Great Power should exert control on each country.

  • October 13, 1944

    Record of Meeting Held at Spiridonovka House on 13 October at 5 p.m.

    M. Mikolajczyk discusses the Polish memorandum regarding the reconstruction and internal affairs of post-war Poland, Stalin reprimands Mikolajczyk for the extralegal approval of this memorandum. Churchill defends the memorandum, Stalin criticizes it, and Mikolajczyk emphasizes Poland's sovereignty as well as the legitimacy of the underground government in occupied Poland. Contentious discussion on the issue of the Curzon Line between Stalin and Mikolajczyk--Churchill acts as a mediator.

  • October 17, 1944

    Record of Meeting Held at the Kremlin on 17 October 1944, at 10 p.m.

    Churchill and Stalin discuss the progress of the war in Europe and its brutality. They propose three alternative plans of German dismemberment and how German assets should be divided among the Allies. They discuss further punishments and reparations.

  • October 23, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Report on Activities of Mikhail Konstantin Kalatozov

    Report on the conclusion of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov's trip to the United States and various negotiations with American film companies.

  • November 09, 1944

    Letter No. 402 from L.D. Wilgress, Canadian Embassy, Moscow, to the Secretary of State for External Affairs, W.L. Mackenzie King

    The Canadian Ambassador to the Soviet Union, L.D. Wilgress, thoroughly reviews Soviet foreign policy in Europe, Asia, and in Latin America and its relations with the United States and the United Kingdom. Wilgress optimistically concludes that "the Soviet Government are desirous of co-operating fully with the other great powers."

  • November 24, 1944

    Federal Bureau of Investigation Teletype on Conclusion of Surveillance of Mikhail Kalatozov

    Notice of the continued microphone surveillance following the departure of Soviet film director Mikhail Kalatozov for the Soviet Union.