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  • June 26, 1944

    Paraphrase of Army Cable

    Harriman telling the President that he presented the Stalingrad and Leningrad scrolls to Stalin.

  • June 26, 1944

    Record of a Conversation with Percy Chen

    D. Godnunov reports that he discussed military developments in the Sino-Japanese War with Percy Chen, as well as the visit to China made by US Vice President Henry Wallace.

  • July 05, 1944

    Telegram from Nikishov to Beria - Wallace's Goodbye Message

    Telegram from Ivan Nikishov, to NKVD Commissar Beria. Nikishov reports on Vice President Henry Wallace's goodbye message after completing his visit to the Soviet Far East in May 1944.

  • July 18, 1944

    Telegram from Plyshevsky to Cde. N.I. Baskakov

    PLyshevsky forwards records of conversation with Percy Chen and Lin Zuhan.

  • July 31, 1944

    Telegram from Plyshevky to Cde. N.I. Baskakov

    Plyshevsky forwards conversations with Pery Chen and Dong Biwu to Cde. Baskakov.

  • August 03, 1944

    Conversation between Stanislaw Mikolajczyk and Stalin

    The Prime Minister of the Polish Government in Exile meets with Stalin to discuss Polish-Soviet political and military relations.

  • August 07, 1944

    Mikolajczyk and Stalin Meet for a Second Time

    Stanislaw Mikolajczyk and Stalin discuss military aid to Poland.

  • August 08, 1944

    Harriman's notes on Mikolajczyk and Stalin Meeting

    Stanislaw Mikolajczyk gives Harriman points discussed during a meeting he had with Stalin about Polish affairs.

  • August 10, 1944

    PARAPHRASE OF Embassy’s telegram no. 2923

    Harriman briefs the President and the Secretary of State about conversations between Mikolajczyk and Stalin

  • August 12, 1944

    PARAPHRASE OF Embassy’s telegram no. 2972

    Harriman conveys the content of a conversation he had with Stanislaw Mikolajczyk about Soviet-Polish Relations and Polish politics during and after the war, focusing on the possibility of communism.

  • 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.

  • August 27, 1944

    Stalin's conversation with Boleslaw Bierut

    Stalin and Bierut discuss the treatment of the Poles and Polish sovereignty at the hands of the Soviets since 1937.

  • 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 01, 1944

    George Kennan's Assessment of Soviet Political Figures

    Kennan assess Soviet officials. He focuses on Stalin to create a profile from his history and experiences.

  • 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.

  • September 23, 1944

    Prisoners of War in the Balkans

    Harriman and Stalin discuss the Red Army's help evacuating American prisoners of war from Romania and their treatment by the Bulgarians.

  • September 23, 1944

    Bomb Installations at Debice

    Clark Kerr thanks Stalin for cooperating with Anglo-American experts that recently inspected rocket installations in Debica, Poland. Note that the document refers to the city of Debice, Poland, which is in Northwestern Poland, near the German border. This city is not known to have or been near any rocket installations and it is therefore assumed by the processor that Debica was the correct city due to its proximity to Blizna and that it was called Debice in error.

  • September 29, 1944

    Letter, Igor V. Kurchatov, Director of the Soviet Nuclear Program, to Lavrenti Beria

    In this letter, physicist Igor V. Kurchatov, the scientific director of the Soviet nuclear project, writes to secret police chief Lavrenti Beria, whom Stalin had given principal responsibility for the atomic effort. Prodded by his own scientists and by intelligence reports of the secret Anglo-American atomic enterprise, Stalin had initiated a small-scale Soviet nuclear weapons program in late 1942-early 1943. But the level of support political leaders had given the project failed to satisfy Kurchatov, who pleaded with Beria for additional backing.

  • September 30, 1944

    Letter No. 340 from L.D. Wilgress, Canadian Embassy, Moscow, to the Secretary of State for External Affairs, W.L. Mackenzie King