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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. I - Page 358« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of Robert Edward Oswald Lee Resumed)

Mr. Jenner.
I would prefer to pass this letter, then, Mr. Chairman, until the witness does have an opportunity to read it. Would you try and do so at your first opportunity?
Mr. Oswald.
All right, sir.
Mr. Mckenzie.
It won't take but a minute here to do it.
Mr. Jenner.
All right.
(Discussion off the record.)
Mr. Dulles.
We will recess for lunch at this time.
(Whereupon, at 12:15 p.m., the President's Commission recessed.)
Mr. Dulles.
Afternoon Session

Testimony of Robert Edward Oswald Lee Resumed

Mr. Dulles.
The President's Commission reconvened at 1:15 p.m.
Mr. Dulles.
You may proceed, Mr. Jenner.
Mr. Jenner.
Mr. Oswald, I have asked you-may I inquire of you whether during the noon hour recess you have read Commission Exhibit 295, which is a letter of November 26, 1959, from your brother to you?
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, sir; I have.
Mr. Jenner.
And have you also read the letter that preceded that one, to wit, the letter of November 8, 1959, which is to you from your brother, which is Commission Exhibit No. 294?
Mr. Oswald.
Yes, sir; I have.
Mr. Jenner.
Now, Mr. Chairman, the letter of November 8, which is the earlier of these two letters-this was written by Lee Harvey Oswald shortly after he arrived in Moscow in 1959. In substance, he said in the letter that he supposed his brother Robert, the witness here, did not wish to speak of his decision, that is, of Lee Harvey Oswald's decision to remain in the Soviet Union and apply for citizenship there, since Robert would not be able and now I quote "to comprehend my reasons"--that is Lee Harvey Oswald's reasons. "You really don't know anything about me. Do you know for instance, that I have wanted to do this for well over a year? Do you know that I speak a fair amount of Russian, which I have been studying for months?"
The letter also said that he would not leave the Soviet Union under any conditions, and would never return to the United States, "which is a country I hate." He made reference to the fact that he received a telegram from Robert in which Robert had apparently said that he thought Lee "was making a mistake."
Now, directing your attention to the November 8 letter first, would you please state your reaction when you read that letter?
(At this point the letters of November 8, 1959 and November 26, 1959 were physically set forth in the transcript of testimony In order to achieve consistency in the handling of the exhibits upon the printing of the testimony, those letters are not reproduced in the printed transcript. They are reproduced in the exhibit section as Commission Exhibits Nos. 294 and 295.)
Mr. Oswald.
I recall my reactions to this letter, sir. It was something I more or less expected in general, since this was, more or less in general what the newspapers had been publishing.
Mr. Jenner.
Is that the only reason you make that remark-that you had expected it in general solely because of what you read in the newspapers, or had there been any other factor that led you to have that expectation?
Mr. Oswald.
No, sir; there was no other factor that led be to believe that anything like this was going to happen prior to the happening. My reaction to the letter, as I have stated, was solely in general expecting from what I read in the newspaper that the letter would be something of this nature when I did hear from him.
Mr. Jenner.
Had you had any conversation prior thereto during your lifetime
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