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The Des Moines Speech

Anne Morrow Lindbergh Q: How did you feel about the Des Moines speech?

AML: Well, I was very distressed about it because he mentioned the Jews and said he felt the Jews were responsible for getting us into the war. Which I guess they were, which one can certainly understand. But I didn't want him to mention the Jews, because I felt he would be called anti-Semitic, which he was. I was very upset by his mentioning the Jews. And he never got over that label. And he didn't feel that way at all, he wasn't anti-Semitic and in fact his best friend was Harry Guggenheim. I mean, he just wasn't, but anything was used to tear him down. I was against his making that speech. And he said, "But why? It's perfectly true, isn't it?" I said, "Yes, but it's like lighting a match next to a heap of excelsior. That's what you're doing." And which it turned out to be.

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