May 12, 1944 – 25 days before D-Day
President Franklin Roosevelt orders a special team to undertake a mission to Moscow to tell Joseph Stalin about America’s capability to complete the development of the atom bomb. Based upon the personal journal of Beatrice Rapoport, one of the team’s leaders.
About the Author
Beatrice Rapoport (Bobby) was my mother. She was born in Russia September 21, 1910. Her mother Ida Rapoport was visiting family. Her father Max Rapoport was an American citizen.
In early September 1995, while helping Bobby move some old boxes into her new house, my wife Betsy found the Journal. Prior to that time we had no idea that Bobby had been in the United States Intelligence Service during World War II, and had reported directly to President Franklin Roosevelt.
The Journal is presented here with additional notes and images taken from a variety of sources to provide background for readers unfamiliar with the events history calls World War II, specifically the events of July, 1944.