840.48 Refugees/1323: Telegram

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

48. Embassy’s 46, January 20, 3 p.m. After consulting Rublee, I last evening handed to Woermann at the Foreign Office an aide mémoire dated January 20 of which the following is the text:

  • “1. The Honorable George Rublee has received from His Excellency Dr. Hjalmar Schacht an oral expose of the German program for the emigration of Jews.
  • “2. A record of this program was to have been agreed today as between Dr. Schacht and Mr. Rublee.
  • “3. The officers of the Intergovernmental Committee were to have considered this program together with other agenda, in Paris, on Monday January 23, and with the full Committee in London on Thursday January 26. As both the officers and the Committee had made special arrangements for holding these meetings, for which invitations were issued a month in advance, any postponement would be almost impossible to arrange.
  • “4. Mr. Rublee this morning received a message from the Reichsbank to the effect that Dr. Schacht would be unable to continue the conversations.
  • “5. Does the German Government intend to designate some other person to complete the conversations initiated by Dr. Schacht?
  • “6. The matter is urgent as Mr. Rublee must leave Berlin at the latest by Nord express on Saturday night, January 21st, with a view to preliminary conversations in Paris with Lord Winterton, the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Committee, on Sunday afternoon.”

I may say that I felt it to be highly desirable that a record of the situation created be placed before the German Government in written form with a minimum of delay.

In the conversation which ensued Woermann stated that he would take immediate steps to ascertain what official had been empowered to continue the conversations with Rublee. He said that in line with my oral suggestion he would request such official to communicate with Rublee direct as soon as possible.