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November 03, 1945

LETTER, J.O. HORAK TO V.M. MOLOTOV

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    Czechoslovak Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jiri Horak requests (through Minister of Foreign Affairs Molotov) that Stalin sends greetings to the opening of the International Congress of Students in Prague.
    "Letter, J.O. Horak to V.M. Molotov," November 03, 1945, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, RGASPI, f. 558, op. 11, d. 98, ll. 0056. Contributed by Sergey Radchenko and translated by Gary Goldberg. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/208884
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Nº 5688/45

to Mr. People’s Commissar of Foreign Affairs

V. M. MOLOTOV

The universities and higher educational schools of the Czech Republic and Moravia were closed on 17 November 1939 after the unprecedented torture of Czechoslovak students by the Germans and a meeting of the International Congress of Students from the universities of almost the entire world will open in Prague this year in memory of the day.

The Czechoslovak students, the organizers of the Congress, have turned to the Embassy of the Czechoslovak Republic in Moscow through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in order to send you, Mr. People’s Commissar, a request for kind assistance, whether it might be possible for Mr. Generalissimo Stalin to send greetings for the opening of the Congress. I have the honor to ask you for assistance and permit myself to note that the organizers are also turning to Mr. US President Truman and Mr. Prime Minister Attlee of Great Britain.

It would be a most wonderful and unforgettable distinction for all participants of the Congress generally and especially for the Czechoslovak students, the organizers of the Congress, if Mr. Generalissimo Stalin sent greetings to the opening of the Congress.

Mr. People’s Commissar, accept my assurances of quite high regard for you.

Ambassador of the Czechoslovak

Republic in Moscow

J. O. HORAK

Moscow, 3 November 1945

Authenticated: [Potrubach]

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