862.4016/80: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Germany (Gordon)

31. Your 43, March 23, 11 a.m. Public opinion in this country continues alarmed at the persistent press reports of mistreatment of Jews in Germany. We are under heavy pressure to make representations in their behalf to the German Government. I am of the opinion that outside intercession has rarely produced the results desired and has frequently aggravated the situation. Nevertheless if you perceive any way in which this Government could usefully be of assistance, I should appreciate your frank and confidential advice. On Monday next there is to be held in New York a monster mass meeting. If prior to that date an amelioration in the situation has taken place, which you could [Page 331] report in form susceptible of release to the press, together with public assurances by Hitler and other leaders, it would have a calming effect.