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Wednesday, May 11, 2005

IF Stone had the Maison Rouge meeting by March 18 1945

I've got hold of a couple more of the collections periodically made of the articles of maverick journo Isidor Stone (aka IF Stone), and started on the first, The Truman Era of 1953.

His piece (p18) on the Maison Rouge meeting on August 10 1944 of Nazi officials and German industrialists is sourced with anonymity as impeccable as any to be seen in the Times these days [1].

There is a fair amount of stuff about the meeting online.

My interest is in Stone's comments on the press coverage at the time:
An Associated Press correspondent with United States forces in Belgium seems to have obtained some knowledge of the facts here to be disclosed. For in the New York Times of January 7 one may find an obscure five- paragraph dispatch, datelined With American Forces in Belgium and headed "NAZIS BIND INDUSTRIES IN 'NEXT WAR' PLANS".

The account in the New York Times, buried on an inside page in an inconspicuous position, refers to policies by which the Nazi Party hopes to support itself underground after defeat and to prepare for another attempt at world conquest.

But the dispatch to the Times makes no mention of the meeting where these plans were outlined, nor does it name the men who attended. Most important of all, it makes no reference to the fact that, in the discussions in Strasbourg, United States big business firms were mentioned and plans outlined once more to draw them into collaboration with German industry.

I've no interest in the substantive matter; but one has to wonder who provided the information (whatever it was) to Stone and to the AP journo. A Soviet agent, perhaps? Or a Jimmy Stewart type who'd actually believed the FDR guff?

I suspect that the story went no further at the time: this was before even VE Day, after all, and there was probably no appetite for aggresive pursuit of uncomfortable facts whose trumpeting by leading journals could do no good for the war effort - or for said journals' post-war relations with USG, either!

  1. Though lacking the odious sanctimony of those code-mandated explanations, of the kind: '...senior administration official who wished to remain anonymous on the basis that his identity is none of Times readers' damned business.'

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