862.002 Hitler, Adolf/33

Memorandum by the Secretary of State

The German Ambassador called in relation to the mock trial against Chancellor Hitler recently conducted in New York. The Ambassador stated that he was instructed to enter a protest in behalf of the German Government against such offensive and insulting acts by the people of one country against the Government and its officials of another country. He elaborated somewhat along these lines. I expressed my regret that such occurrences are taking place here and in other parts of the world, and added that he thoroughly understood that those participating in the mock trial were doing so in their capacity as individuals and not as representing officially the United States Government. I stated further that I trusted that the people of every country would, in the future, exercise such self-restraint as would enable them to refrain from excessive or improper manifestations or demonstrations on account of the action of peoples of another country. I sought to make this latter veiled reference to Germany plain. I then added generally that the world seems to be in a ferment to a considerable extent, with the result that the people in more countries than one are neither thinking nor acting normally.

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