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Averell Harriman Speaks at the Truman Library

W. Averell Harriman speaks about former President Harry S. Truman's decisive nature and international leadership in this speech given in the auditorium of the Harry S. Truman Library in Independence, Missouri, April 19, 1969. During the Truman administration, Harriman served as Ambassador to the Soviet Union, Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Secretary of Commerce, US Coordinator of the Marshall Plan, Special Assistant to the President, and Director of the Mutual Security Agency.

Prime Minister Attlee, President Harry Truman, and General Secretary Stalin at the Potsdam Conference

Photograph of (L to R): Great Britain Prime Minster Clement R. Attlee, United States President Harry S. Truman, and the General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Joseph Stalin, seated in the garden at the Potsdam Conference. This photograph was taken on July 26, 1945 and was the first ever color news photograph to be transmitted and received by radio waves and published. The photograph was taken by the US Army Signal Corps and transmitted by Master Sergeant Joseph E.

Screen Gems Collection (outtakes from the television series "Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman")

Former President Harry S. Truman recalls the problem of refugees discussed at the Potsdam Conference. He also reads from a letter he wrote to his mother and sister about the vote on the UN Charter and his experiences with Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin at the conference. NOTE: Mr. Truman uses a racial slur in this video. The out takes both repeat from different camera angles. Sound and picture.

Screen Gems Collection (outtakes from the television series "Decision: The Conflicts of Harry S. Truman")

Former president Harry S. Truman, standing in front of a map of Europe, indicates where the Allied forces were located around Germany near the end of World War II. The locations were determined by General Eisenhower, who claimed that Berlin was no longer of strategic value. Eisenhower's judgment of Berlin was a mistake, as Berlin has been under contention ever since.