740.00119 European War 1939/2057½: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in the United Kingdom (Winant)

8144. The Department has been informed by the British Embassy that when the question of a joint declaration to the German people on the basis of unconditional surrender arose at Tehran, Marshal Stalin expressed the opinion that this would be bad tactics as far as Germany was concerned, and that he suggested the three Governments work out terms together with a view to making them known generally to the German people. The Embassy’s memorandum stated that Mr. Eden suggested that this matter should be dealt with by the European Advisory Commission.

I asked the President for his views and he told me this was not brought up in any way at Tehran in his presence. He feels that you should take it up with the Prime Minister as soon as he returns to London.