chapter  5
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Franklin D. Roosevelt and the Soviet Union, 1933–1941

Millions of innocent victims perished in the Soviet Union during Stalin' s terror in the 1 930s. This chapter documents information recorded by American diplomats and military intelligence about these events that was sent to Washington in the years before entry of the United States into the Second World War. It also raises and analyzes three important questions : What knowledge did President Franklin Roosevelt have of these events in the USSR? What were his perceptions of the Soviet Union' s domestic and foreign policies before 1 94 1 ? How did these perceptions and other factors determine the evolving diplomatic and military relationship between the United States and the Soviet Union?