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and the Fascists and the Spanish were caught in between.
Well, the funny part of that is, first of all, it was
exciting experience and then Del Vayo and Negrin gave me those
messages to take back to President Roosevelt.
Did you see Helen Thompson when you came back?
I certainly did. But we began fighting about communism
and it began to get rather bitter because she was getting, it
seemed to me, more and more leftist and I was getting more and
more concerned about my involvement. I think the end came when
I discovered that she was being used to win me over to the
Communist cause because, after all, I was a young publisher.
Furthermore, the United States Government had arranged an exhibition
of books in Madrid, and I thought that this was a disgrace.
This was definitely coming out on Franco's side. I
refused to send Random House books to this exhibition. I was
the only publisher that did. It was the United States Government
that was arranging this exhibition and I thought it was
shameful. I then discovered that I was a hero in the Communist
newspaper and then I was terrified. I didn't want to be
a high hero, and I was certainly anti-Communist. I was proRepublican
Spain. When the Communists made me a hero; I was
absolutely outraged and blamed it, possibly unfairly, on Helen
Thompson. I discovered that a lot of the men that she had
introduced me to were desperately trying to get me lined up
on their side. It would have been to their great advantage
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