Potsdam, Germany (July 1945)
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Note written by President Harry S.
Truman, in which he brags that Stalin did not understand when Truman
hinted at Potsdam of a powerful new American weapon. (Scroll down to
see the note.) Due to the success of Soviet espionage,
however, Truman was incorrect—in fact, Stalin knew about the atomic bomb
project three years before Truman did. Truman wrote this note on the
back of a photograph of the Potsdam
Conference taken on July 19, 1945. In the photograph Stalin
talks with Truman and Secretary of State James Byrnes (both have their
backs to the camera).
The photograph of Potsdam is courtesy the
Office of the Chief Signal Officer, War Department, U.S. Army; this image,
and the photograph of Truman's writing on the back of it, are courtesy the National Archives.
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