840.48 Refugees/8–1244: Circular telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Minister in Australia (Johnson)52

Reference previous communications regarding refugee children. In view of the situation in Hungary and the recent statement by Admiral Horthy that his Government would grant exit permits to, and suspend deportations of, all Jewish children for whom havens may be provided outside Hungary, would you request the government to which you are accredited to extend its acceptance in principle to children from Hungary as well as from France.

You may assure appropriate officials of that government that no detailed plans have as yet been developed for the actual immigration of refugee children into its country. Should such plans become necessary at a later date, they will not be developed without previous consultation with the government to which you are accredited.53

  1. Repeated on the same date to Canada, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Ireland, Nicaragua, Paraguay, and Peru.
  2. Governments accepting extension of this principle included Ireland, the Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Paraguay. Ecuador agreed to accept 300 European children and Brazil to receive 500 Jewish refugee children from Hungary. Offers of asylum for Jewish children from Hungary were made also by Sweden and Switzerland.