851.4016/29: Telegram

The Ambassador in Frame (Leahy) to the Secretary of State

787. From Paris. Department’s 127, undated [January 11, 5 p.m.,] referring to my telegram No. 7, January 4. As a result of representations made in a specific case, the following reply has just been received from the German Embassy:

“The German Embassy has the honor to communicate the following to the Embassy of the United States of America in reply to the latter’s note verbale of February 5, 1941:

The measures taken against the Jews by the Military Commander in France form, together with the regulations issued by the French Government, a part of the legal provisions concerning public security and order. They do not admit of any exceptions and must be applied to all persons residing in France, regardless of their nationality. They override the application of any other legislation.

The German Embassy is inclined, however, within the framework of legal regulations, to support the special wishes of the Embassy of the United States of America concerning the administration, or in given cases, the sale of Jewish enterprises when the interests of citizens of the United States of America are involved.”

Repeated to Berlin. Barnes.63

  1. Maynard B. Barnes, First Secretary of Embassy in France.