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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • December 12, 1956

    Memorandum of Conversation, 'Official German Intentions Vis-a-Vis Radio Free Europe' [Declassified July 15, 2011]

    West German Washington Embassy First Secretary Wilhelm Turnwald conveys to State Department officials his concerns about RFE operations.

  • December 12, 1956

    Memorandum, Chen Yun to N. A. Bulganin

    Chen Yun explains why China cannot purchase as many military supplies from the Soviet Union as original proposed.

  • December 13, 1956

    CDS Report No. 28 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on his concern about Japan's possible entry into the United Nations, anti-Communist strategies, and recent South Vietnamese affairs.

  • December 17, 1956

    Report No. 104 from Young Kee Kim to Syngman Rhee

    Syngman Rhee discusses his meeting with Philippines' Vice Minister of Commerce and Industry and President Magsaysay's visit plan to Korea.

  • December 17, 1956

    Diary of Soviet Official K. A. Krutikov, Record of Conversation with Hungarian Envoy Ezhef Sall

    Conversation about the mood among the foreign Hungarian colony in PRC. The most of the conversation concerns the reasons for the 1956 uprising in Hungary. A lack of knowledge among the Hungarian leadership (with a predominant Soviet background) about the actual situation in Hungary, and the failure of the Soviet Embassy in Budapest to establish contacts with non-Russian speaking Hungarians, are here presented as main reasons for the Hungarian uprising.

  • December 18, 1956

    Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1956, No. 45 (Overall Issue No. 71)

    This issue features a transcript of questions and answers from Zhou Enlai's meeting with journalists in Madras, India (now Chennai). Several sections cover Sino-Yugoslavian trade and relations, while other reports discuss finances and agricultural preparations for the end of the year.

  • December 19, 1956

    Letter, Horace J. Nickels (American Consul) to L. Randolph Higgs (Special Assistant for Operations, Department of State)

    Horace J. Nickels, American Consul in Munich, reports his impressions of interviews with some 60 Hungarian refugees in Vienna the week of December 10

  • December 20, 1956

    Telegram No. 2416 from Bonn to the Secretary of State

    The Bonn Embassy conveys to Washington the results of the German review of tapes of RFE broadcasts to Hungry from October 23 to November 10.

  • December 20, 1956

    CDS Report No. 29 from Choi Duk Shin to the President (Syngman Rhee)

    Choi Duk Shin reports on the overall work of the legation, anti-communist strategies, Chinese ethnic minority normalization in South Vietnam, and Cambodian-Japanese relations.

  • December 21, 1956

    Activities of the Syrian Military Intelligence

  • December 24, 1956

    Notes from a Conversation between the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK and Comrade Samsonov, 1st Secretary of the Embassy of the USSR on 20.XII.1956

    The document features a conversation between Brzezinski Henryk and comrade Samsonov. To the questions of the 1st Secretary of the PRL Embassy in the DPRK, Samsonov states his opinion on the following topics: the group from the August plenum, different groups in the leadership of the DPRK, exchange of party cards, changes in economic policies, the standard of living of the population, agricultural production, Korean unification, and the role of the intelligentsia in the DPRK.

  • December 25, 1956

    Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1956, No. 46 (Overall Issue No. 72)

    This issue begins with a joint statement from Zhou Enlai and Burmese Prime Minister U Ba Swe. It also features the text of a Sino-Soviet agreement for cultural cooperation and approves plans for a handicraft industry meeting related to the production of handmade paper and bamboo pulp in 1957. Other sections address how state-owned theater troupes should pay screenwriters for their plays and how rural villages should launch cultural activities for the coming Spring Festival (Lunar New Year).

  • December 26, 1956

    CIA-Free Europe Committee Exchange on Control of Radio Free Europe Broadcasts

    Routing slips indicate International Operations Division (IOD) dissatisfaction with the Free Europe Committee (FEC) response dated December 18 to an IOD letter to FEC dated December 3

  • December 26, 1956

    Interviews with Hungarian Refugees on Western Broadcasts

    Bonn Embassy official T.M. Rechnagel, reports his impressions of interviews with some 100 refugees in the Salzburg area in December

  • December 26, 1956

    Memorandum of Meeting with Khrushchev, Moscow

    After lightly rebuking Hoxha's choices to use public trials for the executions of political criminals, Khrushchev reassures Hoxha of the Soviet Union's support for Albania, and concludes with a summary of the Soviet Union's current standing in the international sphere.

  • December 27, 1956

    Rumours about Prince Farid

  • December 28, 1956

    Report, Embassy of Hungary in North Korea to the Hungarian Foreign Ministry

    Report from Ambassador Károly Práth to Budapest on a conversation he had with Macuch, the Counsellor of the Czechoslovak Embassy. They discussed the inefficient organization of industry in North Korea and the ineffective manner with which Southern provocations are dealt.

  • December 28, 1956

    Third World Reaction to Hungary and Suez, 1956: A Soviet Foreign Ministry Analysis

    Tugarinov wrote this overview of reactions to the events in Hungary and Suez by third world nations. Tugarinov reports that the events in Hungary and the Near East increased the prestige of the United States.

  • December 28, 1956

    Communist Party of the Soviet Union Central Committee Report on the Situation in the Korean Workers' Party and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea

    The Soviet embassy in Pyongyang provides a description of the events leading up to the 1956 August Plenum,the strained relations between the DPRK and the PRC following the joint Sino-Soviet intervention, and North Korean development strategies.

  • December 30, 1956

    Gazette of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, 1956, No. 47 (Overall Issue No. 73)

    This issue features a joint statement from Premier Zhou Enlai and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Huseyn Suhrawardy. Several other sections cover regulations for traditional Chinese medicine, stipulations for the exchange of teaching materials in colleges and universities, finance, and animal husbandry (i.e. raising pigs and poultry).