In his unpublished memoir, George de Mohrenschildt, an observant engineer and astute writer, talked about his friend Lee Oswald and his support for the civil rights movement
“Lee was indeed all wrapped up in his work, books, his ideas on equality of all people, especially of all races; it was strange indeed for a boy New Orleans and Texas poor white family, purely Anglo, to be so profoundly anti-racist. ‘Segregation in any form, racial, social or economic, is one of the most repulsive facts of American life,’ he often told me. ‘I would be willing any time to fight these fascistic segregationalists – and to die for my black brothers.”
DeMohrenschildt went on.
“[The] Warren Committee completely disregarded this unusual aspect of Lee’s character and eliminated my statement from the report,” De Mohrenschildt wrote.
The Warren Commission report unfairly presented Oswald as misfit without principles. Oswald was indisputably a believer in civil rights, when most Southern white males were not.
When Oswald was arrested in New Orleans in August 1963, he wound up in courtroom which was still segregated by races. Oswald sat in the black section of the court.
De Mohrenschildt concluded that Oswald was what he said he was: “a patsy.” He did not believe his friend had killed the president but had been manipulated by others who had.
De Mohrenschildt committed suicide in March 1976 as congressional investigators began to seek his testimony about Oswald. It was a gothic end to a remarkable life.
The manuscript he left behind has been edited and annotated by the University Press of Kansas. You can buy a copy here.