Tuesday, September 12, 1939
JFK is in London at the embassy with his father as the Nazis are in their second week of invading Poland. JFK reviews a cable that his father sends to President Roosevelt suggesting that Roosevelt should lean on the Poles to surrender.
It appears to me that this situation may resolve itself to a point where the President may play the role of savior of the world.
FDR rejected this proposal immediately, branding it the most silly message he had ever received.
Kennedy is influenced by his father’s stance that the Unites States should not become involved in the hostilities with military forces and that Hitler could still be stalled with concessions.
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