Lot 944: World War Ii



2015-07-10 15:43:53

Lot 944: World War Ii: An Historically Important Document, Two Pages, Folio, N.P. (Washington Dc), 8Th May 1945. The Original Mimeograph Document, Marked Hold For Release And With The Cautionary Statement 'The Following Address Of The President, To Be Broadcast In Connection With The Surrender Of Germany, Must Be Held In Confidence Until Delivery Of The Address Has Begun….The Same Restrictions As To Release Apply To Radio Announcers And News Commentators' Was Prepared By Jonathan Daniels, Secretary To The President, Is Numbered 46 Cof In The Upper Right Corner. The Document Provides The Text Of American President Harry S. Truman'S V-E Day Proclamation And States, In Part, 'This Is A Solemn But A Glorious Hour. I Only Wish That Franklin D. Roosevelt Had Lived To Witness This Day. General Eisenhower Informs Me That The Forces Of Germany Have Surrendered To The United Nations. The Flags Of Freedom Fly Over All Europe….Our Rejoicing Is Sobered And Subdued By A Supreme Consciousness Of The Terrible Price We Have Paid To Rid The World Of Hitler And His Evil Band. Let Us Not Forget, My Fellow Americans, The Sorrow And The Heartbreak Which Today Abide In The Homes Of So Many Of Our Neighbors….We Can Repay The Debt Which We Owe To Our God, To Our Dead And To Our Children Only By Work….We Must Work To Finish The War. Our Victory Is But Half-Won. The West Is Free, But The East Is Still In Bondage To The Treacherous Tyranny Of The Japanese. When The Last Japanese Division Has Surrendered Unconditionally, Then Only Will Our Fighting Job Be Done….The Job Ahead Is No Less Important, No Less Urgent, No Less Difficult Than The Task Which Now Happily Is Done. I Call Upon Every American To Stick To His Post Until The Last Battle Is Won. Until That Day, Let No Man Abandon His Post Or Slacken His Efforts. And Now, I Want To Read To You My Formal Proclamation Of This Occasion:€¦.The Allied Armies, Through Sacrifice And Devotion And With God'S Help, Have Wrung From Germany A Final And Unconditional Surrender. The Western World Has Been Freed Of The Evil Forces Which For Five Years And Longer Have Imprisoned The Bodies And Broken The Lives Of Millions Upon Millions Of Free-Born Men….Our Armies Of Liberation Have Restored Freedom To These Suffering Peoples, Whose Spirit And Will The Oppressors Could Never Enslave. Much Remains To Be Done. The Victory Won In The West Must Now Be Won In The East. The Whole World Must Be Cleansed Of The Evil From Which Half The World Has Been Freed….The Power Of Our Peoples To Defend Themselves Against All Enemies Will Be Proved In The Pacific War As It Has Been Proved In Europe….' A Document Of Superb Content. Some Very Light, Minor Creasing And A Few Small Areas Of Paper Loss To The Left Edge, None Of Which Affect The Text, Otherwise Vg Harry S. Truman (1884-1972) American President 1945-53. International Autograph Auctions' Autograph Auction July 2015 Saturday, 18th July 2015 Estimate: £1000 - 1500
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