840.48 Refugees/1–1645: Telegram

The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Switzerland (Huddle)

240. The following for McClelland is WRB 364. Doubts have been expressed by certain private relief agencies in America, hopeful of being able to arrange large-scale escape of refugees from Nazi persecution, whether Swiss Government is willing to keep its doors open to a further flow of such refugees, whatever their numbers. Please investigate, if necessary, and advise us.

Should you believe it useful now or at any future time, you are authorized to emphasize to Swiss officials that the previous assurances given by this Government concerning the maintenance and evacuation of refugees from enemy persecution who would be admitted to Switzerland were not restricted to any particular number of persons and that this Government would deeply appreciate continued Swiss cooperation in this humanitarian endeavor by admitting all such refugees who may be able to reach Switzerland, without regard to numbers.