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Digital Archive International History Declassified


  • October 30, 1961

    Letter from Ulbricht and the SED CC Delegation to the CPSU 22nd Congress in Moscow to Khrushchev

    Representing the SED CC delegation, Ulbricht writes to Khrushchev requesting a meeting with the CPSU CC presidium, for which he outlines the topics necessary for discussion. Topics include the West Berlin question and the need for an agreement between Western powers and the USSR, and a treaty between the GDR and West Germany to establish territorial sovereignty.

  • November 01, 1961

    Information Memorandum of the Anti-Castro Cuban Émigré Forces (Mexico)

    An informational memorandum regarding a report received from Guatemala describing the details of the next "imminent" invasion of Cuba (similar to the Bay of Pigs) and the mobilization of counter-revolutionary forces.

  • November 01, 1961

    Telegram from the Hungarian Embassy in Pyongyang, 'Report on the Korean Workers’ Party’s 4th Congress'

    A report on the Korean Worker's Party's 4th Congress' Credential Verification Committee and the list of the members and alternate members of the Central Committee of the Party.

  • November 03, 1961

    Czechoslovak Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Record of Visit of Bolivian Chargé d’Affaires Jorge Calvimontes, Prague on 2 November 1961

    Bolivia’s chargé d’affaires in Prague, Jorge Calvimontes Calvimontes, was a young leftwing journalist and poet who had risen to prominence in the 1950s as a writer for La Nación, the official newspaper of the Bolivian revolution and its heterogeneous political party, the Movimiento Nacionalista Revolucionario.

  • November 05, 1961

    Report on a Meeting with the Ambassador of the People’s Democratic Republic of Korea

    A report on a conversation with the Ambassador from the DPRK addressing North Korea’s economy, the split in the communist camp, and disagreements with Nikita Khrushchev.

  • November 14, 1961

    Robert C. Strong to Phillips Talbot, 'Your Appointment with Israel Ambassador Harman'

    Talbot is to raise the issue of visits by "neutral" scientists to the Dimona reactor.

  • November 14, 1961

    Department of State Memorandum of Conversation, 'Broadened Access to Israel’s Nuclear Reactor'

    Israel would prefer a visit by Scandinavian or Swiss scientists to Dimona.

  • November 15, 1961

    Letter, Howard Furnas, Office of Special Assistant to Secretary of State for Atomic Energy and Outer Space, to Dwight Ink, Atomic Energy Commission

    Furnas writes about Department of State concerns that Israel may pursue a nuclear weapons program once the Dimona reactor is in operation.

  • November 20, 1961

    Central Intelligence Agency, Information Report Telegram, 'Foreign Policy Aims of Strauss, Schroeder and some FDP Leaders'

    In the weeks following the November 1961 West German federal elections when a new cabinet formed, CIA sources in Bonn provided information on the thinking of the group of “Young Turks” in Chancellor Konrad Adenauer’s cabinet that included Defense Minister Franz-Joseph Strauss and Foreign Minister Gerhard Schroeder.

  • November 21, 1961

    Memorandum of Conversation, Private Conversations Between the President and Chancellor Adenauer, 'Germany'

    The ongoing crisis over West Berlin brought Adenauer to Washington for talks on strategy, diplomacy, and contingency planning. During this discussion, Kennedy wanted to determine where the Chancellor stood on the nuclear questions, specifically whether his government would continue to observe the 1954 declaration renouncing the production of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons.

  • November 23, 1961

    Note on Cuban Children's Visit to Bulgaria

    Konstantin Tellalov, Deputy Head of the Foreign Policy and International Relations Department of the Bulgarian Communist Party's Central Committee, reports on a visit of Cuban children to Bulgaria.

  • November 23, 1961

    From the Journal of N.A. Belous, 'Record of a Conversation with Prime Minister of the Republic of Cuba Fidel Castro Ruz, 6-7 October 1961'

    Fidel Castro discusses the extent of internal counterrevolution in Cuba, which he suggests is driven by American pressures in Latin America.

  • November 25, 1961

    Cable from the Jilin Provincial Party Committee, 'Korean Citizen Border Crossers Arriving in China’s Changbai County Request Residency'

    Jilin devices procedures for handling DPRK citizens who illegally crossed into Chinese territory.

  • November 27, 1961

    Bureau of the Budget Review of CIA Funding Levels for Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

    An interagency group convened by the Bureau of the Budget concludes that RFE and RL funding should continue at current levels, that continuous evaluation of programs is needed, and that European co-funding should be explored

  • November 27, 1961

    Cable from the Foreign Ministry, 'Notice regarding the Appropriate Response to the Czechoslovak Premier’s Attack on Our Party'

    The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs weighs how to respond to Czechoslovak criticisms of Mao Zedong's cult of personality following the 20th Congress of the CPSU.

  • November 28, 1961

    Telegram from Chinese Embassy in Morocco to Foreign Ministry, 'Request Foreign Ministry Learn About Braganca Situation Through Embassy in India'

    A member of India's Goan People's Party visted the embassy asking for support from the Chinese.

  • November 29, 1961

    Report on Visit of Luis Carlos Prestes, Chairman of the National Leadership of the Brazilian Communist Party

    Summary of Prestes' visit to Berlin and the GDR.

  • December 01, 1961

    Telegram from Pyongyang

    According to a report, Kim Il Sung's son mediated tensions between Albanian students and Korean students at the Kim Il Sung University.

  • December, 1961

    Memorandum Regarding the Plan of Insurrection for the First Period of 1962

    Intervention of Fidel Castro concerning the plan of insurrection of the Revolutionary Armed Forces for the first period of 1962.

  • December, 1961

    GDR Department of Foreign Affairs and International Relations, Information on the Situation in Brasil

    Louis Carlos Prestes, chairman of the Brazilian Communist Party, briefs the GDR Department of International Relations on events in Brazil following Quadros' resignation and describes the position of the Communist Party of Brazil.