The Ambassador to the Polish Government in Exile ( Biddle ) to the Secretary of State
[Received August 18.]
Sir: I have the honor to forward the attached copies of a confidential Aide-Mémoire handed me by the Polish Foreign Minister Romer, containing a very recent report upon the ruthless measures of extermination presently being applied by the Germans against the Poles.
In handing me this Aide-Mémoire, Minister Romer drew my attention to certain suggestions as to measures to prevent further murders, namely (a) widespread radio broadcasting to Germany and the occupied countries of the character and extent and purpose of the mass murders committed against the Polish people; (b) the issue of an official statement by our Government—and if possible jointly with the British Government—embodying certain arguments and the essence of the proposed broadcast action; (c) an examination of measures for immediate reprisals.
Minister Romer furthermore said that notwithstanding certain objections on the part of the British Government to the Polish Government’s suggestion, when the Polish Government had discussed the problem of reprisals in connection with the extermination of the Jewish population, the Polish Government felt that the present grave situation in Poland, and the danger of its becoming worse, might oblige the Polish Government to suggest to our and the British Government the need for renewed consideration by the three Governments of the principle of reprisals as such, and in event this were positively settled, of their character and scope.
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