American civilian employee with US State Department in US Embassy, Moscow, Soviet Union, 1945-1948 and with State Department, Washington DC, US, 1948-1950; political officer served with Intelligence and Research, Berlin Task Force, US State Department in West Berlin, Germany, 1950-1958
REEL 1 Recollections of period as employee with US State Department in US Embassy, Moscow, Soviet Union, 1945-1948: arrival in Moscow, 9/1945; experiences of living in Moscow including difficulties of forming relationships with Russians; character of George F Kennan; reaction to Josef Stalinâ€™s speech, 2/1946; nature of George F Kennanâ€™s â€˜Long Telegramâ€™ and role she had encoding it; response in US to George F Kennanâ€™s â€˜Long Telegramâ€™; atmosphere at time of Azerbaijan Crisis, 12/1946; George F Kennanâ€™s analysis of Soviet policy as outlined in â€˜Long Telegramâ€™; strategic emphasis of Allies/Soviet Union on Europe; response in US Embassy to Winston Churchillâ€™s â€˜Iron Curtainâ€™ speech in Fulton, Missouri, US, 5/3/1946; Soviet Unionâ€™s reaction to announcement of Truman Doctrine, 5/1947; Soviet response to Winston Churchillâ€™s â€˜Iron Curtainâ€™ speech in Fulton, Missouri, US, 5/3/1946. Recollections of period as researcher with US State Department in Washington DC, US, 1948-1950: growth of political awareness of Soviet policy experienced on return to Washington DC, US, 1948.
REEL 2 Continues: start of Senator Joseph McCarthyâ€™s anti-Communist campaign; Soviet Unionâ€™s pursuit of aggressive expansionist policies; work on â€˜The Soviet World Outlookâ€™ published by US State Department; opinion of threat of Communism within US during the McCarthy era; incident of being investigated as pro-Communist after giving speech; prior recollection of witnessing famine in Ukraine and then Soviet Union gifting grain to Italian Communist Party, 1947; start of educational process to provide academic programmes/experts on Soviet Union. Recollections of period as political officer served with Intelligence and Research, Berlin Task Force, US State Department in West Berlin, Germany, 1950-1958: problems of lack of specialists covering Soviet Union and Germany; atmosphere in Berlin; reaction of East Germans towards death of Josef Stalin, 5/3/1945; background to the workersâ€™ uprising in East Berlin, 17/6/1953; visit made to East Berlin, 16/6/1953; atmosphere in Berlin at time of Hungarian Uprising, 11/1956.
REEL 3 Continues: role of Mayor Willi Brandt in calming crowd during rally during Hungarian Uprising, 11/1956; importance of Berlin to US European strategy. Reflections on the Cold War: question of whether Cold War was necessary; opinion that Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 was the worst moment of the Cold War; effects of the Cold War.