A Journal of Nationalist Thought & History
P. 30. FDR ADDLED AT YALTA? Michael
Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency was a disaster
for the entire world, especially his bizarre behavior at Yalta,
where he sentenced half of Europe to a living death under Communism.
But it turns out he may have had an excuse; it seems he was suffering
from cancer of the brain. The real fault, then, would like with
the system of government that would allow such a mentally ill, brain-diseased
president to continue to occupy the White House...
New Evidence Implies
It Was Brain Cancer That
Clouded FDR's Judgment
at Yalta Conferences
New evidence portrays an irrational president running
the country during the tragic years when Eastern Europe was betrayed
to Communism. All honest historians and observers have wondered
why Roosevelt plotted Pearl Harbor, demanded unconditional surrender,
made the war last more than a year longer than it should have, rejected
dozens of peace overtures from Germany and Japan, gave away the
fruits of victory to Stalin at Yalta and surrounded himself with
traitorous Communists. Now, says Michael Piper, the reason is finally
known: FDR had brain cancer. He was a sick, irrational and dying
man, literally out of his mind. This is a story the orthodox media
has kept from you for decades.
By Michael Collins Piper
late President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, long believed by historians
to have died from a stroke brought on by the heavy burdens of his
high office, was actually killed by a brain tumor. His tumor or,
more technically, a form of malignant melanoma, appears to have
begun as early as Roosevelt's second term in 1937. Its deadly progression
warped the thinking of FDR to such a degree that he made decisions
that not only forced the American people into World War II but prolonged
the war for more than a year, thus causing millions of unnecessary,
war-related casualties around the globe.
Rumors and unsubstantiated reports of FDR's deteriorating
health date back to when he was president. But recently people with
first-hand knowledge have been willing to come forth and state unequivocally
that Roosevelt's real state of physical and mental health was common
knowledge in Washington social circles even in the days before World
In an effort to either confirm or finally put to rest the talk that
FDR was, by virtue of his illness, literally incapable of rationally
running the government during the tumultuous late 1930s and early'
40s, this writer sought out various survivors of that era who might
reasonably have been in a position to have knowledge of FDR's condition.
While virtually all of those contacted were reluctant to talk —
in many cases because of their own associations and vested interests
in the Roosevelt administration — ultimately a portrait began
to emerge of a president plagued by sharply deteriorating physical
condition and mental aberrations.
One source, who was willing to discuss the matter on condition that
he not be publicly identified, was not a member of the administration
but moved freely among the Washington society of that day, which
was sharply dominated by administration insiders.
He was a frequent guest at the almost daily social gatherings held
by Washington hostess Evie Robert, who held court for the New Deal's
elite from the Mayflower Hotel. Among those regularly present at
Mrs. Robert's gatherings, he recalled, were FDR confidant Harry
Charlie Michelson, as well as various writers and correspondents
from the Establishment press.
The source related: 'The first time I heard about FDR having a brain
tumor was at Evie Robert's. It was common knowledge among all those
people at that time that Roosevelt had this head disease. They talked
about the fact that he couldn't control his bladder or bowels. It
was known that he suffered periods of forgetfulness and memory lapses,
and it was frequently said that he was senile.
"Primarily, however, they said that FDR was extraordinarily
stubborn — abnormally stubborn — and once he made up
his mind nothing would budge him. They used to call him 'the mule'
and 'the donkey' behind his back.
"And this," the source continued, "was not the only
place where the president's ill health was a matter of general knowledge
openly spoken of. The Washington medical hierarchy, particularly
those doctors attached to the U.S. surgeon general's office, were
also plugged into the situation. One of the doctors attached there
used to treat me, and he would talk about how terrible FDR really
looked, how wasted away he was, and how his aides and family would
apply a lot of heavy makeup on him for public appearances. I was
also told that one of his sons, James Roosevelt, was very adroit
at standing him up in a certain manner so as to look natura1."
GERMAN SPIES KNEW
If FDR's health was a subject of both gossip and concern in Washington's
drawing rooms and among the medical hierarchy, there were other
persons, with interests inimical to the U.S. government, who also
kept tabs on this situation. Intelligence sources with ties to the
Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the CIA's predecessor, have
now told this writer that German intelligence was far more informed
about Roosevelt's mental and physical condition than American citizens.
These sources stated that German records from that period on file
in the National Archives include innumerable communiques from German
agents to Adolf Hitler and his aides, which date back as far as
1937. One of these sources noted: "I think that there were
probably more messages to Germany regarding FDR's health than there
were about our war activities. Essentially, Hitler was getting intelligence
to the effect that FDR was a violent adversary because he was insane,
and this information began flowing around 1937."
The source added: '''While all of this was unknown to the American
public, who of course re-elected FDR avo more times after 1937,
the people supplying information to the German high command had
no difficulty getting this information. They were prominent persons
in Washington society, and some of them had titles.
"These people were allowed to move in the highest social circles,
and they formed friendships with people like Secretary of State
Cordell Hull, Henry Cabot Lodge, John D. Rockefeller and a host
of other bigwigs. These spies met and dined and socialized with
the very people who knew the most about what was happening in the
Roosevelt White House."
It is difficult to assess, after 60 years, the effects that FDR's
long-hidden illness had on the thousands of domestic and international
policies implemented during that turbulent era. But one presidential
action that our sources generally agreed was the outgrowth of his
unstable and constantly deteriorating mental condition was his enunciation
in 1943 at Casablanca of his unconditional surrender policy for
This policy, which went against the urgings and advice of his top
military leaders, illustrates how Roosevelt had progressively allowed
himself to fall under the spell of the Communists and fellow travelers
who riddled his inner circle of friends and advisers. Roosevelt's
decision to accept nothing less from the Germans than unconditional
surrender not only prolonged the war by at least one year but permitted
the triumph of the Soviet government of Josef Stalin over much of
Eastern Europe and the German state.
It is difficult to assess,
after 60 years, the effects
that Franklin Roosevelt's
long-hidden illness had
on the thousands of domestic
and international policies
implemented during that
SURRENDER BID NIXED
In his book F.D.R, My Exploited Fatherin-Law,
Col. Curtis B. Dall offers an account of a German attempt to end
the war in 1943, which dovetails with the new information emerging
from this current probe.
Col. Dall received his information from former Pennsylvania Gov.
George Earle, who in 1943 was Roosevelt's personal naval attache
to Istanbul, Turkey, and was there approached by Adm. Wilhelm Canaris,
head of the German Secret Service. According to Earle's account,
Canaris presented himself as a member of an influential anti-Nazi
segment of the German government that believed Hitler was not only
leading the nation down a path of destruction, but also helping
to set the stage for the spread of Communism throughout much of
He put forth to Earle, for Roosevelt's approval, a plan whereby
the German army might be surrendered to the American forces if the
president would merely indicate that he would accept an honorable
surrender. Canaris noted that the type of unconditional surrender
plan just previously enunciated by Roosevelt would be totally unacceptable
to the German military.
Earle related how he transmitted this message to FDR several times
via various diplomatic channels without receiving any reply to this
proposal for an early end to the war. As the weeks and months wore
on Earle repeatedly sought a response from the White House, but
when it finally came it was, in effect, a brush-off.
In short, Earle concluded that Roosevelt was determined that the
war must continue-no matter how many Americans and foreigners must
die — until the stage was set for the Soviets to participate
in the spoils of the conflict and to establish their hegemony over
the countries of Eastern Europe. Indeed, Gov. Earle told Col. Dall
he felt sure an unnamed "influence" had the ear of President
Roosevelt — an influence quite willing to see all the German
people wiped out, regardless of how many American soldiers' lives
would be sacrificed on the battlefield, on the sea and in the air,
to accomplish that monstrous objective.
ANTI·HITLER PLOT FOILED
Baron Kurt von Lersner, who headed the Orient Society, a German
cultural organization in Istanbul, spoke to Earle on behalf of the
German anti-Nazis. He told the governor that if Roosevelt would
merely agree to an honorable surrender, Hitler would either be killed
by his group or handed over to the Americans.
George T. Eggleston wrote in his Roosevelt, Churchill,
and the World War II Opposition: 'There were constant
rumors that a clique of German generals planned to kill Hitler and
sue for peace. [But] the Stout bureau [a U.S. government propaganda
office called the Writers War Board, headed by mystery novelist
Rex Stout] countered the rumors by claiming 'that any such peace
plan was a scheme to cover up the fact that these generals were
planning World War III' (!) Later, when Hitler narrowly escaped
assassination at his staff HQ, the Stout propaganda [hate] machine
pro-claimed that the incident was merely another Nazi trick to get
easy peace terms, preparatory to starting another war."
PICKING THE PICTURES
Eggleston agrees with Dall's thesis that Roosevelt was a very sick
man, a dying president. He quotes Henry Luce, of Life
magazine, who confessed his role in the Establishment media conspiracy
to hide the moribund condition of the American leader:
Dan Longwell, the managing editor of Life,
"showed me, oh, a hundred pictures of Roosevelt-200. In about
half of them, he was 'a dead man.' We decided to print the ones
that were the least bad. And thereby ... we infringed our contract
with readers to tell them the truth."
Eggleston says it was not until many years later that the whole
truth about Roosevelt's condition in 1944-45 was revealed in Jim
Bishop's painstakingly researched FDR's Last Year.
FDR had a persistent cough, a grayish pallor, a noticeable agitation
of the hands, a blue cast to the lips and fingernails; with indications
of hypertension, hypertensive heart disease, failure of the left
ventricle of the heart and fluid in both lungs.
An entire chapter is devoted to "The Deplorable Deception During
1944 About the Health of a Mentally and Physically Sick President"
by author Hamilton Fish in his book FDR — The
Other Side of the Coin. Vice Adm. Ross T. McIntyre,
surgeon-general of the Navy, was Roosevelt's personal physician.
McIntyre knew the president had serious heart trouble and secretly
assigned him a Navy heart specialist to be constantly at his side.
He also ordered Roosevelt to work no more than four hours a day
— enough in itself to disqualify him as president.
Photograph of FDR
before radio microphones.
Caption: "A DEMENTED MIND? Above center,
October 12, 1939, FDR addresses America over a nationwide
hook up in a speech on the Neutrality Bill. Author Michael
Collins Piper believes that Franklin Roosevelt had a malignant
cancer hiding behind the mole above his left eye. Was surgery
performed on FDR to remove the melanoma? Was he afflicted
with judgment-affecting brain cancer? But that wasn't all
that afflicted FDR. He also had a serious heart condition
and it was suspected he had a stroke sometime around August
of 1944. And even though he was not expected to live through
the conference with Papa Joe and Winnie, FDR insisted on going
to Yalta himself. There he was bested by Stalin in grueling
negotiations, made a willing participant in brutal civilian
bombings by Churchill and easily manipulated by vultures looking
to feed on what was left of the corpse of the German nation."
But Roosevelt, with an insatiable lust for power, was determined
to get himself re-elected in 1944. He contrived to keep his shocking
mental and physical deterioration secret from the Democratic delegates
who nominated him. McIntyre, who had received many favors from Roosevelt,
went along with this deception. He was quoted in Life
(July 21, 1944), during the presidential campaign, as asserting:
"The president's health is excellent. I say that unreservedly."
Meanwhile heart specialist Dr. James E. Pauling established a strict
regimen for the "healthy" president: Get 10 hours of sleep,
cut down from 30 to five cigarettes a day, have 45 minutes of massage
and [ultra]violet ray treatments daily. Rest one hour in the afternoon,
lie down before dinner, and take vitamin injections.
After August 1944, when he apparently suffered a minor stroke, Roosevelt
frequently dozed over his mail. In conversations he frequently "drew
a blank" and would have to be reminded what he had been talking
The Secret Service, told the president "might go at any time,"
agreed to step up its protection of the vice president. This was
done in utmost secrecy; there is not even any record who made the
On January 6, 1945, Roosevelt admitted to friends
that he could not stand on his feet long enough to deliver his State
of the Union message of only 3,000 words. Later that month, after
the inaugural swearing-in, he confessed to his son James that he
had suffered severe chest pains and had feared he might collapse
in the middle of the ceremony.
ON TO YALTA
Nevertheless, despite his family's fears he might not survive the
trip, he headed for Yalta, Crimea, in February for a summit meeting
with Churchill and Josef Dzhugashvili, who called himself "Stalin."
James A. Farley, one of FDR's advisers, maintained that "had
[FDR] not been physically and mentally tired at Tehran and Yalta
and at home, and had America had vigorous voice in international
affairs, statesmen of the world are agreed —
and almost without exception — that
many of the troubles affecting the world today would not have arisen."
(The Tehran conference had ended in December 1943.)
Yalta was a disaster for the cause of freedom. While Stalin was
in the best of tempers, FDR seemed very tired. His eyes were like
dark sockets, and his mouth hung listlessly open. Much of the time
he seemed almost oblivious to his surroundings.
Not only was he exposed to a series of exhausting talk sessions,
but also the social demands were also overwhelming for a man in
his condition. A typical Yalta dinner party, hosted by the Soviets,
consisted of 20 courses and as many as 45 separate toasts with vodka.
No one should have been surprised that the free Polish government
in London was sold down the river at Yalta, along with millions
of anti-Communist Eastern Europeans.
The war was still going on, and Roosevelt was a party to a horrible
decision by Churchill at Yalta to make a holocaust out of the ancient
German art city of Dresden, leaving tens of thousands of innocent
Influenced by Harry Hopkins, who was branded "the Rasputin
of the White House" by congressmen, FDR had made most of the
basic decisions long before the Yalta conference: the betrayal of
Poland, the support of the proposed UN and the Morgenthau Plan for
the utter destruction of Germany. When in doubt, he simply conceded
anything Stalin wanted.
Another symptom of Roosevelt's deteriorating mind was the order
for U.S. forces not to take Berlin and not to take Prague, whose
people were frantically pleading to surrender to the Americans.
Instead, Gen. Eisenhower held back, to await the arrival of the
Red Army, thereby ensnaring for the enemies of freedom a large segment
of Western civilization.
SECRET NOW OUT
Over the decades countless historians and chroniclers of the Roosevelt
years and of the American role in World War II have advanced a variety
of theories, conclusions and analyses as to why FDR might have pursued
certain policies and doctrines both at home and abroad. The vast
majority of these writers — whether
raving over or decrying this period in our country's history —
have addressed implicitly the state of FDR's physical and mental
health and its possible effects on his policy formulations, but
until now nothing has been said about his brain cancer.
Joseph P. Lash's highly favorable work, Eleanor and
Franklin, includes many statements from Mrs. Roosevelt
and others that the president was frequently difficult to deal with
or persuade to a particular viewpoint and that all but a handful
of his advisers generally declined to disagree with him or attempt
to change his mind once it was made up.
Many authors, including Lash, refer to the change that occurred
in Roosevelt — particularly his
increased dogmatism — as his years
in the White House rolled by. But until now there has been little
offered by way of explanation for this behavior.
Photograph of FDR at podium
Caption: UNFIT FOR OFFICE:
Above, President Franklin D. Roosevelt speaks during his
fourth inauguration ceremony. Standing second from right
is his son, Lt. Co!. James Roosevelt, and on the far right
his secretary, Maj. Gen. Edwin A. Watson. Roosevelt was
so ill by this time that he confided to his friends that
he doubted he could make it through the 3,000-word speech
he had worked up for the ceremony. After the ceremony, he
confessed to his son that he had experienced severe chest
pains during the speech and had feared he might collapse
in the middle. For the good of the nation, FDR should never
have allowed himself to be sworn in.
DOCTOR CONFIRMS DIAGNOSIS
Coincidentally, this writer, while in the process of eliciting information
about the health of the late president, received an unsolicited
letter from a Florida doctor, who alleges that Roosevelt was in
fact suffering from a malignant melanoma of the brain.
In a letter dated March 6, 2005, Dr. David Ohlwiler, a plastic surgeon,
forwarded to this writer a UPI photo of the late president that
shows a dark pigmentation over FDR's left eye. The doctor refers
to this dark patch as a "pigmented nevus" or "lesion,"
of which he states: "This lesion was present many years, but
it enlarged and darkened significantly during his second and third
terms as president."
Dr. Ohlwiler continues: 'The tumor allegedly became a malignant
melanoma and was excised. Portraits made during his third term show
no evidence of the lesion. Photographs of the president preceding
and during the Yalta agreement show acute and severe generalized
According to one medical dictionary consulted, a malignant melanoma
generally begins with a pigmented mole, which ultimately turns cancerous
and begins to invade the body at the point of origin and subsequently
spreads to the adjoining cells and tissues. The brain and liver
are among the sites most commonly affected, although any part of
the body may fall prey to this deadly affliction.
In addition to this startling, unsolicited diagnosis provided by
Dr. Ohlwiler, he further offered the following explosive information:
"A certain autopsy done at Walter Reed
Hospital showed malignant melanoma of the brain. The interesting
• "No number was assigned to the
autopsy case. This is unprecedented in hospital pathology departments.
• 'The unlisted autopsy was performed within a few days
after President Roosevelt's death."
Interestingly, those old enough to recall the
president's passing in April 1945 will —
in light of this new information —
be reminded that Roosevelt's body did not lie in state as the bodies
of previous presidents had. Instead it was removed from his vacation
retreat in Warm Springs, Georgia, to Macon, where it was cremated.
The casket containing his ashes was then said to have been placed
on a train from Georgia to Washington. There the traditional funeral
procession down Pennsylvania Avenue was held. The cremains were
next taken to the East Room of the White House, where services were
Efforts to track down physicians who were at Walter Reed when the
alleged "phantom autopsy" might have been performed have
proven unsuccessful, since those men who might have been present
or known of such an autopsy have either died or retired to places
unknown. After much concerted effort, this writer did reach one
physician who had been attached to Walter Reed Army Hospital at
a later date and who, under questioning, went so far as to state,
'There has been much talk over the yeats about FDR and a melanoma,
although I personally do not know anything specific."
Clearly, the president of the United States, in one of the most
important periods of our history, was a deathly sick man whose body
and mind were failing him.
Additional confirmation of these findings may, of course, go far
toward explaining how he came to be persuaded into the enunciation
of so many far-reaching and devastating policies.
Many patriots have long stated that Roosevelt —
a sick, mentally incompetent man, who was by any standard unfit
to be president or indeed hold any position whatsoever of even moderate
responsibility — was the tool of
the international bankers and Communists, who used World War II
to arrange governments of the world into the kind of power blocs
that would prove most beneficial to their interests. The latest
findings confirm this to be true. The Communists and bankers will
stop at nothing, and will stoop to any level, to advance their schemes
MICHAEL COLLINS PIPER is a frequent contributor
to THE BARNES REVIEW
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