Double Victory: Minorities and Women During World War II
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Soviet Press Release: Josef Stalin to Henry C. Cassidy, Associated Press Representative, Moscow, 3 October 1942

One perennial thorn in Soviet relations with Britain and the United States was the decision of the Western Allies to defer opening a second front in Europe until June 1944. Stalin believed that this hesitancy left his country and its people to absorb the brunt of the German military assault. In response to a question from an American journalist, he wrote a letter complaining of this delay, which the Soviet information services immediately published as a press release.

Henry C. Cassidy, representative of the Associated Press, addressed the Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the USSR Josef Stalin with a request to reply orally or in writing to three questions which interest the American public. Mr. Stalin replied with the following letter:

Dear Mr. Cassidy,

Owing to pressure of work and the consequent inability to grant you an interview, I shall confine myself to a brief written answer to your questions.

"1. What place does the possibility of a second front occupy in Soviet estimates of the current situation?"

Answer: A very important place, one might say, a place of first-rate importance.

"2. To what extent is Allied aid to the Soviet Union proving effective and what could be done to amplify and improve this aid?"

Answer: As compared with the aid which the Soviet Union is giving to the Allies by drawing upon itself the main forces of the German fascist armies, the aid of the Allies to the Soviet Union has so far been little effective. In order to amplify and improve this aid, only one thing is required: that the Allies fulfill their obligations fully and on time.

"3. What remains of the Soviet capacity for resistance?"

Answer: I think that the Soviet capacity of resisting the German brigands is in strength not less, if not greater, than the capacity of fascist Germany or of any other aggressive power to secure for itself world domination.

With respect,

J. STALIN.


Further Reading
Information Bulletin, Embassy of the U.S.S.R., 6 October 1942. .
 

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