The Secretary of State to the Apostolic Delegate (Cicognani)

My Dear Archbishop: I have received your letter No. 133/45 of March 30, 1945 regarding appeals that are being received on behalf of the suffering population of the Netherlands.

The alarming conditions in the occupied portion of the Netherlands have been a cause for deep concern on the part of this Government. You will be interested to know that several shipments of relief supplies have recently been made to that country from Sweden. The question of further and increased shipments from other sources is being urgently explored and you may be assured that all possible steps, consistent with military requirements, will be taken for the relief of suffering in the Netherlands.

Sincerely yours,

Edward R. Stettinius, Jr.