Quotation by Franklin D. Roosevelt

I am particularly interested in the indications that the people seem to understand and approve the necessity of pursuing the course that will prevent a further effort on the part of the German peoples to continue the struggle for world domination, even though they are thoroughly beaten in this war.
Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882–1945), U.S. president. Letter, October 2, 1942, to George H. Gallup. The Roosevelt Letters, vol. 3, pp. 438-439, ed. Elliott Roosevelt, George G. Harrup & Co., Ltd. (1952).

Gallup had sent the results of a recent Gallup Poll to the President, which prompted his comments about public opinion concerning a possibly resurgent Germany. FDR was constantly concerned over public opinion and read and sometimes commissioned surveys to get public responses on important issues. He did this regularly with the Princeton University polling people headed by Hadley Cantril. This letter set forth opinions about Germany which would occupy the attention of the Big Three at Yalta. FDR's antagonism and suspicion of Germany stems from early visits there and from the time he spent in school in Germany, where in the 19th century he saw manifestations of expansionism and racial superiority as the school curriculum bred super-nationalism and contempt for other nationalities.
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