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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. IX - Page 266« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of George S. De Mohrenschildt Resumed)

Mr. Jenner.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. I am sorry that he did, but, obviously he did.
Mr. Jenner.
She said because you were a strong person. She is expressing her opinion now, of course. But he only liked you among all this group. He disliked Bouhe, he disliked Anna Meller.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. That I am surprised, because Bouhe is very--a person that you can like or dislike immediately. As to Mrs. Meller, I am surprised, because she is very kind and a nice person.
Mr. Jenner.
Well, this is Lee Oswald. That could possibly arise out of the fact that Anna Meller befriended her when she left the household.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. That is right.
Mr. Jenner.
I don't know what the reason was.
But you have confirmed the fact that he didn't care for the people in the Russian colony.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. He did not have any friends, you see. Maybe he identified me not as a Russian, because I have not much Russian blood in me anyway. Maybe he identified me as some sort of an internationalist, American.
Mr. Jenner.
Maybe you are.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. I am trying to think of other friends that he had. I cannot recall, myself, a friend of his, actually. I could not say that. He could be my son in age, you see. He is just a kid for me, with whom I played around. Sometimes I was curious to see what went on in his head.
But I certainly would not call myself a friend of his.
Mr. Jenner.
Well, that may well be.
But Marina, at least, expresses herself that way--that you "were the only one who remained our friend."
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. She said we were the only ones----
Mr. Jenner.
Who remained their friends--the others sort of removed themselves.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Sure, we left, you know. We were no friends, nothing. We just were too busy to be with them-- period.
Mr. Jenner.
I am not talking about you. I am talking about the other people now.
As you related this morning, they began to withdraw.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Yes; and we were too busy. We saw them--we withdrew also to an extent--you see what I mean. We saw a lot of them at the beginning, and then we stopped seeing them. Then we saw them again for Christmas and invited them to another party, and that is all.
Then we saw them the last time for Easter.
I am not defending myself for having seen them. But that is a fact.
Mr. Jenner.
Well, I appreciate that.
What was your impression as to whether this was a hospitable man?
Mr. Jenner.
Oswald. Was he a man who was not very hospitable?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. No; I would not say so. To us, he was always quite hospitable.
Mr. Jenner.
To you, I appreciate that. I am trying to find out----
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. About the others, I don't know, because I never saw anybody else there in the house.
I don't know how he would receive the people. I think he responded by kindness with kindness. He was responsive to kindness.
Mr. Jenner.
Was there an impression among the people in this--we have talked about, that they came to feel that he didn't care for them?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Oh, yes, yes; he didn't care for them because---well, let me put it this way.
He didn't care for them because they didn't care for him, and vice versa.
But you see most of the colony in Dallas is more emotionally involved in Russian affairs than we are, because they are closer to them. All of them have been relatively recently in Soviet Russia--while my wife has never been in Soviet Russia in her life, and I was 5 or 6 when I left it. So to me it doesn't mean very much.
I am curious, but it doesn't mean anything--it is too far removed.
Mr. Jenner.
Did he ever express any views to you or give you the impression
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