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Memorandum for General Handy; General Strong
December 22, 1942 [Washington, D.C.]
The Secretary of War has just attended a conference with Mr. Hull at which Mr. Elmer Davis was present. The latter stated that he had been informed by the Federal Communications agency that they had picked up from Spanish Morocco radios an announcement that the French Morocco stations would not conduct a Christmas Eve Mass. This would probably have a very unfortunate effect in its reactions on the French Catholics and it may be a propaganda procedure.
Please have this checked up and see whether there is any communication we should send to General Eisenhower on the subject.1
Document Copy Text Source: George C. Marshall Papers, Pentagon Office Collection, Selected Materials, George C. Marshall Research Library, Lexington, Virginia.
Document Format: Typed memorandum.
1. Office of War Information personnel managed Radio Morocco. Stimson’s comments on the conference mentioned here are in December 22, 1942, Yale/H. L. Stimson Papers (Diary, 41: 108). An investigation showed that the station had merely notified the populace that the traditional Midnight Mass had been moved to 5:00 and 6:00 P.M. because of the blackout. (Ibid., p. 118.)
Recommended Citation: The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, ed. Larry I. Bland and Sharon Ritenour Stevens (Lexington, Va.: The George C. Marshall Foundation, 1981- ). Electronic version based on The Papers of George Catlett Marshall, vol. 3, “The Right Man for the Job,” December 7, 1941-May 31, 1943 (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), pp. 487-488.