APR 57

John F. Kennedy Hand-Typed & Annotated Documents C. 1957 - $10K APR W COA!

$ 1,995.00

APR 57

John F. Kennedy Hand-Typed & Annotated Documents C. 1957 - $10K APR W COA!

$ 1,995.00
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John F. Kennedy Hand-Typed & Annotated Documents C. 1957 - $10K APPRAISAL VALUE!

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One unique framed group of documents relating to the life of the great John. F. Kennedy. This group of letters includes seven separate pages that were sold 25 years ago at a unique personal auction of John F. Kennedy’s memorabilia. The group of documents was consigned 25 years ago to Guernsey’s auctions as “Documents and Artifacts Relating to the Life and Career of John. F Kennedy” by Ms. Deirdre Henderson. Accompanying documents state that Ms. Dierdre was a trusted member of President Kennedy’s staff, both in the United States Senate and the Executive Office of the President. This unique set of 7 hand-typed documents, appear to have been typed by Henderson on typewriter and include handwritten notations and notes. It is quite likely that these documents were edited by the president himself and are marked with his notations. The documents are dated “For Release: Thursday Morning Papers, October 24, 1957” and include the title, “REMARKS OF SENATOR JOHN F. KENNEDY (DEM. -MASS.) ANNUAL FREEDOM AWARD TO HUNGARIAN FREEDOM FIGHTERS WEDNESDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 23, 1957 – NEW YORK CITY”. This item was sold from the world renowned Guernsey's Auction House 25 years at The John. F. Kennedy Auction held on March 18 & 19th, 1998 in New York City. This group of letters was sold as lot 314. We have included a transcription of the letters in the description below for your review. The letters are professionally matted and framed alongside original documentation from the 1998 John F. Kennedy Auction. A unique and one-of-a-kind piece of United States history! It will come with a FREE $ 10,000.00 appraisal and FREE lifetime certificate of authenticity.

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                            Documents read as follows:                   

For Release: Thursday Morning Papers, October 24, 1957  

Four thousand four hundred and six miles from here there lies tonight a captive city. While we who are free salute at festive banquets, her noble fight for freedom, she weeps for the freedom -- and the sons ^and daughters --that she has lost. While we who acted not deplore the frailties that held us back, she guards the graves of those who gave the last full measure of devotion. While we who only watched and waited seek loudly now to fix the blame and point with shame, she silently waits with ever dimming hope and strength for the keys to  her prison door.  

This is October 23, 1957 -- the first anniversary of a day that shook  the world -- a day that will forever live in the annals of free men and free  nations -- a day of courage and of conscience and of triumph. No other day  since nations were first instituted among men has shown more conclusively, to  oppressed and oppressor alike, the utter, inevitable futility of despotic rule.  No other day has shown more clearly the eternal unquenchability of man's desire to be free, whatever the odds against success, whatever the sacrifice required of him.  

But October 23, 1956 shall also be permanently etched in man's  history of man as a day of judgment -- and of failure. For on that grim and  tragic day, and all through the bloody, perilous days that followed, we in  the West were unprepared to act effectively, unwilling to act decisively,  unable to act with unity. To those who sought help and revolution, we offered  only hope and resolutions. To those who begged with urgent hearts and eloquent {continues on next page}


tongues for deeds to match our words, for actions to match our promises, we offered only the cruel disillusionment of "all assistance short of help."  There were, to be sure, those among us who asked with passionate interest:  What can we do? But we knew not what to do.  

I do not offer these thoughts in any partisan spirit, for these  are matters too fundamental and grave for purely political considerations.  Nor do I point a bitter accusing finger against those who failed to act  for their motives were always high, their weaknesses were in us all and their  guilt must be shared by an entire nation, if not all mankind. Nor, finally,  have I come to preach a funeral oration over the silent grave of the martyred  Freedom Fighter of Hungary. For he needs no eulogies or plaques from us to  keep his memory alive.  

Till the future dares forget the past, His fate and fame shall be  An echo and a light -- unto eternity.  

Rather than conduct either eulogies for dead martyrs or autopsies  of past mistakes, let us, in the words of our own nation's Great Emancipator,  "here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain  . . .  It is    for us the living . . .  to be dedicated to the unfinished work which they . . . so nobly advanced.”  # Did the Hungarian Freedom Fighters fight and fall in vain?  Did they contribute no more to the history of freedom than sealed boxcars to  Siberia, homeless thousands in exile and unmarked graves near the avenue once  briefly renamed The Street of Hungarian Youth instead of Stalin Road?  

The answer is largely in our hands. If the tragic course of events of one year ago taught us nothing, if future October revolutions find us as helplessly unprepared and hopelessly divided as ^ did East Berlin, Poznan, Warsaw and {continues on next page}


Budapest ,  y I a it I ai as I •O  then the world may rightfully ask whether we who enjoy the greatest quantity of freedom do not appreciate its quality the least. If we have only moved as a nation from a grandiosely optimistic conception of what we can do to a passively fatalistic picture of what we cannot do, then freedom's hopes for the future as well as the past lie  buried in the rubble of Budapest.  

So 1 l.;J0dP tu .ti 2&&1•&. -~ &_ 5 -· !6'3&111 I ii I Ii, _,, let us remember the living as well as the dead. And let us look for the larger  meaning and lessons of the Hungarian revolution, in the hope that some future  October 23 may be commemorated with joyous liberty in the streets of Budapest  as well as New York. 


As we meet tonight, the air is filled with talk of new and greater  Soviet prestige. The success of the sputnik satellite, it is said, has made  a deep impression on the uncommitted world, brought new admiration for the  Soviet system and persuaded untold thousands of the benefits to be gained by  adopting the Communist way of life. Yet in the midst of all these Moscow  boasts and propaganda, in the midst of all these rocket launchings and missile  tests, there stands one mute witness to the utter horror of the Soviet system -- betrayed and enslaved Hungary. No amount of spectacular rockets :firing on  the moon will ever wipe out the memory of Russian tanks firing on hospitals  and churches, on aged refugees and crippled children. We cannot let the  satellite in the Soviet sky dull our memories of the satellites under the Soviet’s heel.  {continues on next page}


There may in the difficult days ahead be further triumphs of Soviet science and further triumphs of Soviet diplomacy -- there may be new attempts to portray the face of the Kremlin as the jovial as a Khruschev, as the stately as a Bulganin, the impassive as weak as a Zhukov. But in the ancient city of Budapest in the  early morning hours of last November 4, the face of the Kremlin tyrant was painted too clearly, too permanently, too tragically for any to forget -- a  face of savage hate and ruthless power, a face that knows no mercy, no justice,  no honor. So long as the memory of that face burns within our minds, let us  hear no more about the prestige of the Soviet system or the advantages of the  Soviet way. {continues on next page}


Just as the fate of Hungary must touch forever the hearts of  uncommitted peoples, so, too, does its lesson command the attention of our  own foreign policy makers here at home. Yesterday's NEW YORK TIMES report  from behind the Iron Curtain told once again of the ill effects that "stem  from (the) basic Washington . . . feeling that Eastern Europe is a 'lost cause’.” The so-called "practical'' men who have made these miscalculations  are not wholly confined to one party -- nor are they foolish, disloyal or  unsympathetic. Knowing full well the iron grip with which a Communist regime seizes a nation's schools, and churches, and press, and above all the mind of  its youth who recall no better day or other way, these men despair of ever  restoring the light of freedom to that dark side of the continent.  

But to say that Eastern Europe is a "lost cause", its freedom a  futile dream, a vanished hope -- to say that these honored dead have indeed  died in vain -- that, it seems to me, flies in the face of every story written  in the streets of Budapest. For the very students in whom the false Gods of  Communism had been thoroughly and repeatedly dinned were the first to fight  for a liberty they had never known. Workers wooed by the pledge of a ruling proletariat preferred a hero's grave to a seat on the oppressor's council.  To give up their chains, intellectuals gave up their studies, shopkeepers their  livelihoods, mothers their homes -- and even when they saw the odds were hopeless, they did not feel theirs to be a "lost cause".  

Viewing their efforts and their sacrifice, by what right do we in this country say that Eastern Europe is a lost cause? What, may I ask, have we tried? A negative policy of containment -- an empty, irredeemable promise  {continues on next page}


of liberation -- a half hearted loan that came too and too late -- a series of moral pronouncements that offered neither help nor hope? What  have we tried -- by way of devising a third course of action, a course that lies between tardy resolutions and total war, between a policy of massive retaliation and no policy at all? What have we tried I ask you, to entitle us to say that Eastern Europe is a lost cause? 

Have we exhausted the tools of diplomacy, of political and economic sanctions, of UN and NATO action? Have we backed up our challenge to the  illegality of the puppet Kadar regime, and to the illegality of the current  executions of patriots? Have we fully exploited the cracks in the Iron Curtain  that have appeared first in Yugoslavia and now in Poland -- to make new friends,  exchange more goods, more ideas, more people, more culture? Have we coordinated  Western diplomatic machinery in preparation for the new outbreaks of violence  that are certain to come, including the creation of a permanent UN observation  commission, ready to fly at a moment's notice to any spot where an advance toward freedom is under fire? Have we revamped our foreign aid legislation, which does not now recognize the painful evolutionary path to freedom these nations must take? nations must take? Have we sufficiently revised our immigration laws, which now leave in limbo the fate of 17,000 refugees from Hungary’s reign of terror? Have we reoriented our propaganda agencies that they might be better prepared for the next satellite explosion? 

Perhaps all of these steps are not immediately feasible; perhaps some that are feasible will not be wholly successful; perhaps some that could be successful involve an element of risk. But risk for risk, cost for cost, I  would rather see us formulate such a course of action, however limited it may be, than to sit timidity by when free men and free nations fall. In the name of those whose valor we honor tonight, let us cast out from their high places {continues on next page}


Eastern Europe a lost cause? No -- never! It is a cause that  shall never be lost -- not so long as free men and women everywhere keep alive the spirit of those whom we honor here tonight -- not so long as we  recognize that the destiny of those behind the Iron Curtain is our destiny, their hopes our hopes, their future our concern.  

Their cause, our cause, is not lost -- and the Hungarian people,  after centuries of resisting foreign tyranny know it. The Irish and the Jews  and the Vietnamese and the Tunisians, indeed the peoples of practically every  nation on earth, and particularly we Americans -- we all know it. We all  know that, however dark the night of oppression, the day of liberty is certain to dawn. We all know, in the words of Byron, as he fought and fell in [for freedom Gre…]  the rain at Missolonghi, that 

"Freedom's battle once begun  
Bequeathed by bleeding sire to son  
Tho baffled oft is ever won."

*** red text denotes annotated writing in pen


Specifications of Document

Document Type: Typewritten Speech
Subject/People: John F. Kennedy
Dimensions/Size: 8.5" x 11" letter size pages (7 pages)
Date of Speech: OCTOBER 23, 1957
Condition : Overall Good Condition
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