68. Memorandum of Telephone Conversations by the Secretary of State, Washington, June 29, 19561
TELEPHONE CALL TO ALLEN DULLES, 1:24 p.m.
The Sec. said what would you think of our making an offer of foodstuffs to the Polish Govt.2 to meet the emergency with the understanding that the Soviet Union would agree not to exploit Poland further. Then the Sec. read the statement he just dictated.3 They discussed it and the Sec. made a few changes.[Page 184]
The Sec. said to think re the offer of food. The Sec. will call back. AWD said he would not condition it. The Sec. said if there is no hooker, we will be in trouble.
TELEPHONE CALL TO LINC WHITE, 1:31 p.m.
The Sec. gave him the changes as agreed to with AWD. He told W. to consult with someone in EUR before giving it out.
TELEPHONE CALL FROM LINC WHITE, 1:42 p.m.
W. said Beam agreed and suggested inserting vice Soviet rulers at the end—the Polish people will be allowed a government etc.4
- Source: Eisenhower Library, Dulles Papers, General Telephone Conversations. Transcribed by Phyllis D. Bernau.↩
- The offer of food to Poland took final form as a letter of June 30 from Hoover to Harold Starr, General Counsel, American Red Cross. The text is printed in Department of State Bulletin, July 9, 1956, p. 55. Upon receipt of Hoover’s letter, Starr advised the League of Red Cross Societies in Geneva of the offer. The League agreed to accept responsibility for the program of assistance if it was acceptable to the Polish Red Cross. The Polish Red Cross rejected the offer. (Letters from Hoover to Starr, July 7; Starr to Hoover, July 2; and Starr to Hoover, July 6, enclosing cable from the Polish Red Cross; ibid., July 23, 1956, pp. 151–152)↩
- Reference is to a statement made by Lincoln White to Department of State press correspondents on June 29. For text, see ibid., July 9, 1956, p. 55.↩
- Beam’s suggestion was incorporated into the final statement.↩