1947.08.20.De A.W. Dulles - Sullivan and Cromwell.New York.A William L. Langer.Cambridge


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Sullivan & Cromwell - 48, Wall Street - New York

August 20, 1947
Dr. William L. Langer,
Suite 209, 1306 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, Mass.

Dear Bill,
Upon Mr. Meynial's retum to Paris he reported direct to Mr. Hippolyte Worms and I now have a couple of letters from the latter who has taken over the burden of the correspondence.
Mr. Worms is gratified at the changes which you propose to make in the French and all future editions of your book.
He is anxious, however, that the footnotes and index, should be revised accordingly. He referred in particular to the whole of footnote 11 at the bottom of page 169 as the reference to the Foreign affairs article and the book by Raymond
Brugere now becomes rather meaningless if the first five lines of this footnote are eliminated.
I would also point out that with the change in the text, the index, should be correspondingly changed as many names have now disappeared from the text, which still remain in the index. I particularly call attention to the reference on page xi of the index, last item, "Worms - Hippolyte, and collaboration with Germans, 169". You will also note that a large number of names have disappeared from pages 168 and 169 and should also be eliminated from the index.
Mr. Hippolyte Worms also asked you to consider the elimination of reference to "banks" and "banking interests" on pages 170 and 191 and he goes on to explain his reasons:
"We must tell you, for your guidance, that, with very few exceptions, the banks or the banking interests were certainly not amongst either the pioneers of collaboration, or the parties most eager to collaborate with the Germans during the occupation. The Bankers had nothing to sell the Germans, besides, all banking transactions between France and Germany were carried on through official Government channels. Lastly, the German Government had established in Paris their own Bank, called the Aero Bank, through which practically all industrial transactions were conduced. We make these remarks not only in our own interests but for the sake of history principle.
Mr. Worms has also written that he is glad to see that you approve of the concluding paragraph to be added to the memorandum respecting your own attitude in the matter.
I am now preparing final draft of the memorandum incorporating certain changes, largely technical, which have been suggested by Mr. Worms and I will send a proof of it to you before it is finally printed.
Faithfully yours,

A. W. Dulles

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