Memorandum by the Secretary of State to President Truman
I have just received a letter from Mr. Eden9 referring to the text of messages number 920 and 921 from the Prime Minister to President Roosevelt concerning a joint proposed Anglo-American Soviet warning to the effect that individual prisoner of war camp commandants and guards no less than the German authorities will be held individually responsible for the safety of prisoners of war in their charge.[Page 705]
In his message number 72510 President Roosevelt informed the Prime Minister that if Marshal Stalin agreed he would go forward with Mr. Churchill in issuing the warning contained in the Prime Minister’s message number 921.
Marshal Stalin has now sent a message to Mr. Churchill, a copy of which I enclose, in which he agrees it is necessary to issue a joint warning in the name of the three governments and that he has no objection to the proposed text submitted by Mr. Churchill. Marshal Stalin also expresses the view that the warning should be signed by the three heads of government. Mr. Churchill has replied in a message, a copy of which is also enclosed, in which he expresses his agreement that the warning should be signed by the three heads and properly timed. Mr. Churchill also states that he is asking Mr. Eden to discuss the details with me and Mr. Molotov.
May I have your permission to discuss this matter with Mr. Eden and Mr. Molotov with a view to having everything in readiness for the publication of the warning at a moment to be determined?11