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Warren Commission Hearings: Vol. IX - Page 268« Previous | Next »

(Testimony of George S. De Mohrenschildt Resumed)

Mr. Jenner.
Did the Voshinins ever ask you not to bring the Oswalds to their house?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Yes. They refused to see and to meet the Oswalds, either one of them. And I was quite surprised, frankly, why they didn't, because we all did and at first helped them--and they usually were very cooperative in helping the other people. In this particular case, they completely refused and looked sort of mysterious--why they didn't want to meet them.
I never asked any questions. But that is their privilege, not to see them.
Mr. Jenner.
Do you remember the days you were in Abilene?
Mr. Jenner.
Do you recall having discussed politics there, in which you indicated, whether in provocation or otherwise, some admiration for the Soviet system of government?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. No; I don't remember saying anything like that.
It might have been misinterpreted. But I believe in peaceful coexistence.
I think we can all live together without blowing each other to hell--and many other people believe that we couldn't do that. Probably the person with whom I was discussing it believed in immediate atomic retaliation. So, naturally, I told him what the hell.
Mr. Jenner.
Do you recall having said that if this country is ever invaded by Russia, you would have a very good chance of coming into a top position with the Russians if they invaded the United States?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. I never said that. That is a purely Texas invention. It must have been a real enemy of mine who said that.
Mr. Jenner.
You are intellectually opposed to the Communist system?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Yes; I am. I am not interested in it--period.
Mr. Jenner.
You wrote--I don't know whether it was after your 8 or 9 months in Mexico, when you were enamoured of Lilia Larin, or whether it was on this previous occasion--when you were at the University of Texas, had you written or were you writing a manuscript entitled "Experiences of a Young Man in Mexico"?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Yes, yes; but that is more or less a romantic dissertation, a romantic book based on some of my experiences there.
Mr. Jenner.
Did you relate some of your romantic experiences?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Well, is it absolutely necessary? I don't recall even what I had written there.
Mr. Jenner.
I just wanted the general nature of it.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. I don't recall what it is. It is probably based on the travel in Mexico with some girls--that is about all. That is what I would write at that time and that age.
Mr. Jenner.
You were interested in girls?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Yes, at that time.
Mr. Jenner.
Did you ever have any people refer to you as the Mad Russian?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. That is an unfortunate term they call me quite often.
Mr. Jenner.
You mentioned somebody from Brazil that had the sobriquet of King of Bananas. Was that the King of Orchids rather than the King of Bananas?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Well, maybe. But we called him the King of Bananas. At least I called him that.
I remember his name now--I mentioned it to you. Dr. Decio de Paulo Machado. I still--I think he is still in existence, because I asked about him recently.
Mr. Jenner.
If I said you were an extrovert, would that agree with your own judgment of yourself?
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Well, I don't know if it is for others to call me. I would rather be an extrovert than an introvert.
Mr. Jenner.
Well, for example, I regard myself as an extrovert.
Mr. DE MOHRENSCHILDT. Then I am happy to be an extrovert. I don't like to be accused of being too much of an extrovert, because I think if you pass the limit it is too much.
Mr. Jenner.
Of course. Any extreme is bad. I made a reference yesterday to
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