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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. IX - Page 264« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of George S. De Mohrenschildt Resumed)

Mr. Jenner.
the publication, the document I saw was, as far as I remember, not political, but a very simple account of his life in Minsk, and in the TV factory.
Mr. Jenner.
I think we had better call Mrs. De Mohrenschildt and tell her----
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. That she is ready for action?
Mr. Jenner.
No; that we are going to run you well into the afternoon. I have got a couple more pages of notes here. Maybe around 3:30 will be closer.
If you think it would be better to release her for the afternoon or find out where she is going to be.
(Whereupon, at 12:55 p.m., the proceeding was recessed.)

Testimony of George S. De Mohrenschildt Resumed

Mr. Jenner.
The proceeding was reconvened at 2 p.m.
Mr. Jenner.
As I recall, yesterday you testified your recollection was that early in your acquaintance with the Oswalds, you approached Sam Ballen to see if he could undertake or might be able to employ Oswald.
Mr. Jenner.
To refresh your recollection in that regard, Mr. Ballen says his recollection is that he first met Lee in December 1962 or January 1963 at your home.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. It could be.
Mr. Jenner.
And he was aware that you had approached Mr. Ballen's wife and other people to assist the Oswalds, and also to have them out socially.
Mr. Jenner.
You did do that, did you?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Yes, I don't remember whether I asked the Ballens to invite them, but I did ask some other people to invite them, because they were so lonesome. And maybe fortunately for them, they refused.
I remember I asked a physicist to invite them in Dallas, and they just refused. He said, "I don't know those people. I don't want to have anything to do with them."
Mr. Jenner.
His recollection is about 10 days after he met them at your home, you called him and asked if he might be able to employ him, or might be helpful in his obtaining a job.
Does that stimulate your recollection that the events you mentioned yesterday occurred probably in December 1962 or January 1963--that is, the event regarding your effort to induce Mr. Ballen?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Yes--it should be probably at that time, because I had the impression that it was earlier than that--when he was moving from Fort Worth to Dallas, at the very beginning. I still have the impression. Because that is where I was interested, to help them, you see.
I did not know that he lost his job with the other company. I didn't know that.
All this is later, after we had already gone.
So I have the impression that maybe he confused the time. It seems to me that I asked him at the very beginning when I met the Oswalds, when he lost his first job in Fort Worth and was trying to move to Dallas--that was the time.
Mr. Jenner.
He lost his job at Leslie Welding Co.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Yes. I don't know the name of that company, but it was some welding outfit.
Mr. Jenner.
Sheetmetal work.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Yes, that is right.
Mr. Jenner.
Do you recall the period when Marina stayed at the Fords, in November?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. When she stayed at the Fords?
Mr. Jenner.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. That was the time when we took Marina and the child away from Lee and put her in the house of Mellers, and then the Mellers asked Mrs. Ford to take her. I think that was the time.
And then, later on, the Fords asked Mrs. Ray to take Marina. She moved
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