19 May 1964
As you can see I am here in Athens and took part in this great march from marathon to Athens in which some 300,000 people took part. Some estimates were as high as 500,000! I spoke at the big rally in Athens. This very march was forbidden last year and Lambrakis was murdered. This one this year was in memory of Lambrakis and the most popular figure in the march, the Theodorakis who is the M.P. form Lambrakis’ constituency.
You have been told perhaps of my experience in Holland. I simply decided I would not bribe those pompous officials with my name and they fell into the traps very well. Otherwise the [?] would not have reversed its decision and the meeting could not have taken place.
I am sorry not to see you. I’m not sure these meetings are worthwhile. There was a supper last night – much singing dancing at the end of the Greek type and I was certainly a hit* (*For trying rather than for perfection). I can’t believe I am here alone and am getting terribly lonely for the Daddy and I don’t even like seeing these wonderful things that I've waited all my life to see without sharing them these emotions and wonder with him.
I go back to Copenhagen on Friday then home on Saturday the 23.
I'm sorry not to have seen you and Julia and the children. When we come in June perhaps. I am eager to get home and to get moved. When are you coming to the United States?
These Greek people are magnificent and they are joyful and gay and know what life and love and loyalty and freedom are.