Ever since I spent a year in the State Department (August 1945-September 1946), I have believed Stalin’s Eastern European empire would not prove historically viable, although the division of Europe at the Elbe did satisfy certain British and French as well as Soviet security concerns, at great human cost. The bases for this assessment are set out in my book The Division of Europe After World War II: 1946 (1981). This piece, evidently stirred by the (then) latest phase of the troubles in Poland, accurately reflects my perspective.