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hadn't been even to Europe. So Europe was way off there, and it was
“none of our business” kind of attitude. Isolationism was more that
than it was anything else. “Don't get mixed up with it.” We were
brought up for two hundred years in “no foreign entanglements”--I
believe George Washington said?
But you yourself in those late 30s were worried about Germany and
about Europe and--
Yes, well, I'd seen the beginnings of it. After all, I'd
lived in Europe until '35, so I saw the rise of Germany. I'd lived
in Germany in 1923, and saw the beginnings of it there. I saw the
schism occur in France between the Communist factions and the
right-wing factions and the splintering of the European continent,
pretty much. Italy going one way--to dictatorship--and by then it
moved into Abyssinia, Ethiopia. So I was probably more conscious of
all of this than others. I always wanted to be a foreign
correspondent! And nobody would let me.
How is it that you, in 1939, if I understand correctly, left the
editorial side and went into the publishing side and became Assistant
General--what was it?
Assistant General Manager.
Yes, Assistant General Manager?
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