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Letter on Japanese Brutality
From: Harry S. Truman, President of the United States of America
To: Samuel McCrea Cavert, General Secretary of The Churches of Christ in America
Date: August 11, 1945

Letter from President Truman
to Samuel McCrea Cavert August 11, 1945

August 11, 1945
My dear Mr. Cavert:

I appreciated very much your telegram of August ninth.

Nobody is more disturbed over the use of Atomic bombs than I am but I was greatly disturbed over the unwarranted attack by the Japanese on Pearl Harbor and their murder of our prisoners of war. The only language they seem to understand is the one we have been using to bombard them.

When you have to deal with a beast you have to treat him as a beast. It is most regrettable but nevertheless true.

Sincerely yours,


Mr. Samuel McCrea Cavert
General Secretary
Federal Council of The Churches of Christ in America
New York City, New York 

Source: Michael B. Stoff et al., ed., The Manhattan Project: a documentary introduction to the Atomic Age (Philadelphia: Temple University Press: 1991), p. 162.

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