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The first three telegrams and their replies as published by "Moscow News" on Jan. 1, 1940:

FOREIGN STATESMEN GREET STALIN ON 60TH BIRTHDAY

Mr. JOSEPH STALIN,
Moscow.

Please accept my most sincere congratulations on your sixtieth birthday. I take this occasion to tender my best wishes. I wish you personally good health and a happy future for the peoples of the friendly Soviet Union.

ADOLF HITLER.

HERR ADOLF HITLER,
Head of the German State,
Berlin.

Please accept my appreciation of the congratulations and thanks for your good wishes with respect to the peoples of the Soviet Union.

J. STALIN


Mr. JOSEPH STALIN,
Moscow.

Remembering the historic hours in the Kremlin which inaugurated the decisive turn in the relations between our two great peoples and thereby created the basis for a lasting friendship between us, I beg us to accept my warmest congratulations on you birthday.

JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP
Minister of Foreign Affairs


HERR JOACHIM VON RIBBENTROP,
Minister of Foreign Affairs Of Germany,
Berlin.

I thank you, Herr Minister, for the congratulations. The friendship between the peoples of Germany and of the Soviet Union, cemented by blood, has every basis for being lasting and firm.

J.STALIN


COMRADE STALIN,
The Kremlin, Moscow.

On behalf of the working people of Finland, who are fighting shoulder to shoulder with the heroic Red Army to liberate their country from the yoke of the whiteguard hangmen and hirelings of foreign warmongers, for the victory of the independent Democratic Republic of Finland, the Peope's Government of Finland on the occasion of the sixtieth birthday of Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin expresses its profoundest esteem to the great friend of the people of Finland. Stalin, whose name will always be the symbol of friendship and brotherhood of the peoples of the Soviet Union and of Finland, as well as of all the peoples of the world.

On behalf of the People's
Government of Finland,
OTTO KUUSINEN


COMRADE OTTO KUUSINEN,
Head of the People's Government,
Terijoki.

I thank you for the congratulations. I wish the Finnish people and the People's Government of Finland speedy and complete victory over the oppressors of the Finnish people, over the Mannerheim-Tanner gang.

J. STALIN


Source: Moscow News Jan. 1, 1940.

Churchill's congratulatory message to Stalin on his 62nd birthday, Dec. 21, 1941.

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