1940.06.03.A Georges F. Doriot.Boston
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[Papier à en-tête de Worms & Cie]
Paris, le 3rd June, 1940
My dear George,
I have been wanting to write to you for the last two weeks and need hardly insist on the increase of work and unrest that the turn of events have brought on.
However, I want you to know that the moral of everybody here is just splendid, thanks to our "Patron" (I cannot bring myself to call him Fuhrer) who is just as calm as ever, he realty surpasses himself in the most difficult moments and galvanizes all those around him. J.B. is completely taken up by the heavy duties he has assumed at different ministries and is equally confident in the final issue of the conflict. They both work hand in hand and are as united as they have never been before.
H.W. and R.M. are in London from where they have been cut off from communicating with Paris for the last week, this isolation is hard for all. Paris has been emptied of its substance, old men, women and children have fled. The greater part of concerns have followed in their course, as for us, 9/10 of our staff have been evacuated to Nantes supervised by Jacqueline, leaving about 20 "durs" gathered closely round our "Patron" ready to remain until the very last moment so that Paris should not lack Banks, even if the Germans were on the point of entering the city. We assure the continuity of our services in difficult circumstances, 500 kms distance, and have to contend with all complications that warfare brings along in the execution of our work. All this is relatively of little interest to you, but I want you to realize what the atmosphere is here and thus explain that neither the "Patron" nor I have time to tell you all that we should like you to know.
Good news of all our friends at the front. Ragaine's tank regiment has been decimated, Brocard has come back to calm after a fierce battle. René is still at the Air Ministry and all the younger ones who left with such courage maintain a magnificent moral.
When this letter reaches you events will have spoken for themselves, it is therefore useless that I comment on what is going on to-day, let it suffice to say that France is absolutely calm and firmly resolved to save her soil cost what it might. I do not speak of honour which Weygand has raised to its highest degree.
I have seen your father and sister and was able to settle a few very easy problems for them. Max and Ghislaine are far from me with my mother at Cognac and are getting along as well as possible. My mind is therefore quite at rest enabling me to devote myself entirely to my task.
Dorothy is ill at a sanatorium but we sincerely hope it will not be long before she will be on the road to recovery. This is her address:
- Sanatorium des Etudiants de France St Hilaire du Touvet (Isère)
I hope that both you and Edna are well, I should go much like to have news of you. I no longer know whether I should tell you to come and whether you will be able to do so when the moment comes but. should it be possible let me cry out to you with what impatience
everyone here is waiting for you.