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Newstalgia Reference Room - H.V. Kaltenborn And The News Of June 21, 1940

(H.V. Kaltenborn - decrying Partisan Politics - even in 1940) [media id=17271] Seventy years ago this week, France surrendered to Germany and, eve

(H.V. Kaltenborn - decrying Partisan Politics - even in 1940)


Seventy years ago this week, France surrendered to Germany and, even though at the time of this broadcast (June 21st 1940), it had not become official for another day. Still, H.V. Kaltenborn, who was one of the more trusted and listened to commentators of the day, spoke about the effect the surrender would have on the rest of the world as well as the political ramifications here in the U.S.

Then, as now the sentiment seemed to be the same:

H.V. Kaltenborn: “National Defense is not a partisan question, would that that were true. I repeat what I have said so many times – it is unfortunate that this country must be divided politically at a time when it should be united nationally.”

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