«Freedom to learn is the first necessity of guaranteeing that man himself shall be self-reliant enough to be free. Such things did not need as much emphasis a generation ago, but when the clock of civilization can be turned back by burning libraries, by exiling scientists, artists, musicians, writers and teachers; by disbursing universities, and by censoring news and literature and art; an added burden, an added burden is placed on those countries where the courts of free thought and free learning still burn bright. If the fires of freedom and civil liberties burn low in other lands they must be made brighter in our own. If in other lands the press and books and literature of all kinds are censored, we must redouble our efforts here to keep them free. If in other lands the eternal truths of the past are threatened by intolerance we must provide a safe place for their perpetuation.»
Kjelde:samtale med Anna Rosenberg Opphavleg mål:Engelsk År:1945 Periode:Den kalde krigen Kontekst: I sluttfasen av krigen var tilhøva mellom dei vestlege allierte og Russland prega av mistru. Roosevelt utbraut dette då han fekk eit telegram knytt til saka den 24. mars 1945.