Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

Frankly, I do not like the idea of conversations to define the term "unconditional surrender." ... The German people can have dinned into their ears what I said in my Christmas Eve speech—in effect, that we have no thought of destroying the German people and that we want them to live through the generations like other European peoples on condition, of course, that they get rid of their present philosophy of conquest.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. letter, Jan. 17, 1944, to Secretary of State Cordell Hull. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, p. 492, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

Roosevelt had announced the "Unconditional Surrender" doctrine at Casablanca and it was criticized by the Soviets. Stalin believed the Germans would use it to stiffen resistance and he was correct. FDR then felt the need to assert that it was not aimed at the German people but at their leaders and their philosophy of conquest.
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