III. The Tehran Conference


  1. For the portion of the Log preceding November 27, 1943, see ante, p. 293.
  2. The Bohlen minutes list the meeting as having begun at 3 p.m. According to the Log, ante, p. 464, the meeting began at 3:15 p.m. According to Forrest Davis (“What Really Happened at Teheran,” Saturday Evening Post, vol. 216, May 13 and May 20, 1944), Roosevelt discussed with Stalin at Tehran two additional subjects besides those covered in the official record as given here, namely, the structure of the federal system in the United States and the “good neighbor” policy of the United States toward Latin America. The Davis article was based on an “off-the-record” conversation with Roosevelt in March 1944. (Roosevelt Papers)
  3. Roosevelt was the host at this dinner.
  4. The listing of those present is based on the Bohlen minutes. As regards those present for the United States, Churchill, p. 373, and Elliott Roosevelt, pp. 186–191, state that Elliott Roosevelt came in and was seated during the dinner. As regards those present for the Soviet Union, the Log (ante, p. 467) and Churchill, p. 373, mention Molotov as among those who attended.
  5. See Harrison, p. 118.
  6. Churchill was host at this dinner.
  7. For an account—based on a conversation with Roosevelt—of jocular remarks at Churchill’s expense, made by Roosevelt to Churchill and Stalin apparently on December 1, 1943, and not recorded in the minutes, see Frances Perkins, The Roosevelt I Knew (New York: Viking Press, 1946), p. 84.
  8. According to the Log, ante, p. 470, this meeting began about noon. Bohlen has stated to the editors that the minutes presented at this point cover the discussions immediately preceding the luncheon as well as those during the luncheon.
  9. The fact that the meeting took place in the conference room of the Soviet Embassy does not appear on the minutes but was indicated to the editors by Bohlen.
  10. Reference may also be made to an exchange of messages between Roosevelt and Churchill, on November 29, 1943, in which Churchill invited Roosevelt to lunch with him, Roosevelt declined, and Churchill then insisted on being the host at a dinner to be held on November 30; see Churchill, p. 363, and Sherwood, p. 784. These latter messages may have been oral. No textual copies of them have been found.