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    John F. Kennedy Handwritten Notes on Foreign Policy as Senator. One page, 6" x 9", on United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations letterhead, [Washington, D.C.?], circa 1958-1960. Handwritten (in pen) notes in Kennedy's hand relating the threat of Berlin falling under the control of the Soviet Union.

    He writes:
    "Who is American ... ...
    to maintain West Germany as a
    member of NATO -
    We do not want a united Germany
    It is in the division of Germany
    that causes around - It is
    the attempt by the Russian
    to ... .... W. Germany
    & hi.. them far

    Tensions in the divided city of Berlin had been growing since the end of World War II and the Berlin Question became a full-blown international crisis in 1958 when the Soviet Union announced that if the Western Allies did not agree to a peace treaty recognizing East Germany, the Soviet Union-controlled German Democratic Republic, the Soviet Union would. Such an action would result Berlin falling under a communist government. Berlin became a source of contention between the Western allies - Britain, France and the United States - and the Soviet Union at the end of the Second World War when agreements divided the city into zones of occupation, each controlled by one of the allied powers.

    Kennedy was aware of the sensitivity of the Berlin question well before his 1960 presidential campaign. While a Senator he served on the Foreign Relations Committee which held several hearings in 1959 on Berlin. These handwritten notes may have been made during one of these hearings. Witnesses before the committee addressed the recent Soviet announcement of a deadline for a peace agreement with East Germany that would recognize its sovereignty. On June 14, 1960 Senator Kennedy delivered a speech on the floor of the U.S. Senate in which he elaborated his views of foreign policy, on dealing with the Soviet Union, and on the issue of Berlin. These notes could also have been made while he was preparing his speech.

    An interesting document in which the future president of the United States jots down his thoughts on one the most critical foreign policy issues of the period. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: The document is in mint condition.

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