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  • January 25, 1958

    Unsigned File Note

    Michałowski explains reasoning behind negative the attitude of the U.S. State Department towards the Rapacki Plan after speaking with other foreign representatives.

  • January 30, 1958

    Deputy Minister Winiewicz, 'Record of Conversation with the Ambassador of Bulgaria on the 30th of this Month'

    Winiewicz discusses the Bulgarian proposal for a ban on thermonuclear weapons between Bulgaria, Albania, Yugoslavia, Greece, and Italy, and the subsequent negative Polish response.

  • January 31, 1958

    Deputy Minister Winiewicz, 'Record of Conversation with the Ambassador of Bulgaria on Disarmament Initiatives, the 31st of this Month'

    Winiewicz advises the Bulgarian Ambassador to postpone the Bulgarian disarmament proposal so as not to interfere with the Rapacki Plan.

  • March 01, 1958

    US Embassy Paris Telegram 3600 to Department of State

    In this telegram, U.S. government officials were troubled by the possibility of shared nuclear weapons research in Western Europe. Jean Laloy, the French Foreign Ministry’s director of European affairs, confidentially shared his apprehensions with an Embassy official.

  • February 02, 1958

    W. Tykociński, 'Record of Conversation of the Chief of the Military Mission in West Berlin with CDU Bundestag Member, Dr. Hahn on Feb. 2 of this Year'

    Tykociński relays a conversation with Hahn in which Hahn states that the FRG wants to pursue normalization of relations with Poland despite negative German attitude towards the Rapacki Plan.

  • February 12, 1958

    File Note of Foreign Minister A. Rapacki

    Memorandum outlines the details of the nuclear-free zone proposed in the Rapacki Plan.

  • February 14, 1958

    Letter, A. Rapacki to Mr. Jacob D. Beam, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America in Warsaw "

    Adam Rapacki, the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, discusses the Polish Plan and the Soviet proposal for a meeting of various heads of state.

  • February 19, 1958

    Note from Department III Director Jeleń

    The Polish Embassy in Washington reports on the negative American opinion of the Rapacki Plan, as well as calls for free elections in eastern Europe.

  • February 22, 1958

    M. Wierna, 'Note regarding the Visit to Prague on Feb. 8-9, 1958'

    Wierna details a meeting with Czech officials regarding further actions on the Rapacki Plan.

  • February 24, 1958

    Code Message No. 2392 from Ambassador Szymanowski in Stockholm to Ogrodziński

    The FRG government requests Polish support in linking the issue of German reunification to the larger conversation about European security. The FRG wishes to remind the Soviet government of its commitment to negotiations on this issue.

  • February 24, 1958

    Code Message No. 2401 from Chargé d'Affaires Jurysiowa in Vienna to Łobodycz

    The Polish chargé d’affaires in Vienna discusses Austrian reactions of officials and the press to the Rapacki Plan.

  • February 26, 1958

    Albert Morskif, 'Record of a Dinner at General Secretary of MoFA Mr Skylstad on Feb. 25, 1958'

    Representatives of Poland, the USSR, Finland, Austria, and Norway discuss the Rapacki Plan. Mr. Skylstad stresses the importance of reduction of conventional forces while expressing his support for the plan.

  • February 28, 1958

    Conversation of Mao Zedong with Soviet Ambassador Pavel Yudin (Excerpt)

    In a conversation with Soviet ambassador Yudin, Mao sees a prohibition of the use of hydrogen weapons as very likely, as the capitalist countries "[fear] fighting this kind of war." Further, he notes that the socialist countries have an advantage over Western ones in terms of conventional army size.

  • February 28, 1958

    File Note of Ambassador J. Katz-Suchyf in New Delhi to Comrade Adam Rapacki

    The Polish ambassador to India describes his efforts to bring attention to the Rapacki Plan. He details objections and criticisms made by key figures in India.

  • March 14, 1958

    Director General Ogrodziński, 'Record of Conversation'

    American Ambassador Beam informs Ogrodziński that American missions abroad will be filling out an assessment of the Rapacki Plan. Beam also mentions upcoming secret American-Soviet talks.

  • March 14, 1958

    Deputy Minister Naszkowski's Record of the Conference of Chiefs of Diplomatic Missions

    Deputy Minister Naszkowski recounts a conference of chiefs of diplomatic missions regarding further action on the Rapacki Plan. Topics include current supporters and opponents of the plan, how to continue popularizing the plan, and development of further contacts.

  • March 28, 1958

    Code Message No. 3794 from Ambassador Pietkiewicz in Helsinki to Ogrodziński and Birecki

    Ambassador Pietkiewicz writes to Ogrodziński and Birecki to inform them about the stance of Scandinavian countries towards the Rapacki Plan. Representatives from Sweden, Norway, and Finland expressed support and were interested in more information or further discussion on the matter.

  • April, 1958

    Note on Control by the Joint US-Euratom Working Party

    This memo details security controls established under the Euratom Treaty to guarantee that nuclear materials are not diverted for purposed other than those for which they are intended.

  • April 04, 1958

    Letter from Nikita Khrushchev to Zhou Enlai on the Prohibition of Nuclear Testing

    Khrushchev writes to Zhou outlining the Soviet Union's argument for the need to halt the testing of atomic weapons, and urges the Chinese to support and agree to the ban.

  • April 18, 1958

    Letter, John D. Cockcroft, UK Atomic Energy Authority, to Homi Bhabha

    John D. Cockcroft of the UK Atomic Energy Authority answers questions from Homi Bhabha regarding nuclear research and includes the text of a lecture he gave regarding the development of nuclear power in the UK.