Hearst Foundation executive Richard Berlin, to whom General MacArthur sent this photo from Japan in 1946, was an early visitor to postwar Germany on War Secretary Henry Stimson's invitation. Berlin kept a diary in which he notably wrote about the same-named capital city, "On all sides we saw overturned tanks and cars. In an area of about 10 miles wide in the center of the city every building is smashed and destroyed. Berlin ordinarily has a population of 4,000,000 people. Now it is estimated there are 3,500,000 population, living in cellars, hovels, and anywhere for shelter...Continually you see food lines—hundreds of people standing in queues for food.” Here, MacArthur's "6-7" inscription and signature reads, "To Richard Berlin / With best wishes / Douglas MacArthur / Tokyo 1946." The 7-1/2" x 9-1/4" visible area is apparent EX-MT within an 11x13 frame (Alexander Autographs provenance on reverse). Full LOA from JSA.
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