How You Can Help Win Peace. Inc Arms of Friendship.

How You Can Help Win Peace

Philadelphia: Arms of Friendship, Inc., 1959. No edition stated. Single sheet, 8 1/2 x 15.5 inches (215 x 393 mm), folded to create eight panels. Slight handling wear, otherwise crisp and clean. Fine. Cold war-era brochure by an organization that promoted dialogue between American and Soviet military veterans, mostly through letter-writing but also through visits. Arms of Friendship, Inc. was incorporated in 1958 and based in Philadelphia. Officers and directors were mostly retired military officers. Retired General Jacob L. Devers, commander of the Sixth Army Group in World War II, was the chairman. This brochure tells about the aims of Arms for Peace, suggests ways to contact Soviet veterans, provides advice on what to write about in letters, and features a coupon in which American veterans can request the names of Soviet veterans. "We furnish names and addresses, offer advice and act as a clearing house, pairing up American and Russian veterans as closely as possible on the basis of similar experiences." The organization even offers to translate letters going to the Soviet Union and the replies. Why the emphasis on veterans? "[A]rms of Friendship maintains that the similar experiences and knowledge of war of such men and women make possible a mutual understanding and desire for peace which transcends differences in language, nationality and ways of life." Though the organization was full of retired military officers, some influential people in Washington were skeptical, arguing that the Soviets could use the organization and its activities for propaganda. Indeed, former CIA Director Allen W. Dulles wrote to a friend in Princeton, Gerard Lambert, on December 11, 1961: "I have looked into the organization you mentioned to me and also the man who is sponsoring it. Frankly, we are not very enthusiastic about it; not because there is anything sinister in their activities but because our people here consider them somewhat naive in believing that the parties with whom they are dealing will not use this for propaganda purposes." [Allen W. Dulles Papers; Public Policy Papers, Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, Princeton University Library. Box 37, Folder 10] No other copies in commerce as of June 24, 2017. RARE. Item #1318

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