862.4016/31: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany (Sackett)

15. The following appeared as an Associated Press despatch from London today in the Public Ledger, Philadelphia:

“London Daily Herald said today plans were complete for Anti-Jewish program in Germany on a scale as terrible as any instance Jewish persecution in two thousand years.”

The paper ascribed its information to “high source” and “whole Jewish population of Germany totaling six hundred thousand is living under shadow of a campaign of murder which may be initiated within a few hours and cannot be postponed for more than a few days”.

While this Government is disinclined to lend credence to this report, it is causing widespread distress among a large section of the American people. You may, in your discretion, talk the matter over with the German Government and acquaint them with the apprehension and distress that is being felt here.