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40 CHAPTER THREE “The Acquiescence of this Government in the Murder of the Jews” The full text of the pivotal report to Secretary Morgenthau follows. Authored by Josiah E. DuBois, Jr., the report was initialed by Randolph Paul for the Foreign Funds Control Unit of the Treasury Department. Page numbers of the original document are indicated in brackets. Jan. 13, 1944 Report to the Secretary on the Acquiescence of this Government in the Murder of the Jews. One of the greatest crimes in history, the slaughter of the Jewish people in Europe , is continuing unabated. This Government has for a long time maintained that its policy is to work out programs to save those Jews of Europe who could be saved. I am convinced on the basis of the information which is available to me that certain officials in our State Department, which is charged with carrying out this policy, have been guilty not only of gross procrastination and wilful failure to act, but even of wilful attempts to prevent action from being taken to rescue Jews from Hitler. I fully recognize the graveness of this statement and I make it only after having most carefully weighed the shocking facts which have come to my attention during the last several months. Unless remedial steps of a drastic nature are taken, and taken immediately , I am certain that no effective action will be taken by this Government to prevent the complete extermination of the Jews in German controlled Europe, and that this Government will have to share for all time responsibility for this extermination. MedoffBOOK.indb 40 MedoffBOOK.indb 40 7/9/2008 3:23:48 PM 7/9/2008 3:23:48 PM “The Acquiescence of this Government in the Murder of the Jews” 41 The tragic history of this Government’s handling of this matter reveals that certain State Department officials are guilty of the following: (1) They have not only failed to use the Governmental machinery at their disposal to rescue Jews from Hitler, but have even gone so far as to use this Government machinery to prevent the rescue of these Jews. (2) They have not only failed to cooperate with private organizations in the efforts of those organizations to work out individual programs of their own, but have taken steps designed to prevent these programs from being put into effect. [1/2] (3) They not only have failed to facilitate the obtaining of information concerning Hitler’s plan to exterminate the Jews of Europe but in their official capacity have gone so far as to surreptitiously attempt to stop the obtaining of information concerning the murder of the Jewish population of Europe. (4) They have tried to cover up their guilt by: (a) concealment and misrepresentation; (b) the giving of false and misleading explanations for their failures to act and their attempts to prevent action; and (c) the issuance of false and misleading statements concerning the “action” which they have taken to date. Although only part of the facts relating to the activities of the State Department in this field are available to us, sufficient facts have come to my attention from various sources during the last several months to fully support the conclusions at which I have arrived. (1) State Department officials have not only failed to use the Governmental machinery at their disposal to rescue the Jews from Hitler, but have even gone so far as to use this Governmental machinery to prevent the rescue of these Jews. The public record, let alone the facts which have not as yet been made public, reveals the gross procrastination and wilful failure to act of those officials actively representing this Government in this field. (a) A long time has passed since it became clear that Hitler was determined to carry out a policy of exterminating the Jews in Europe. (b) Over a year has elapsed since this Government and other members of the United Nations publicly acknowledged and denounced this policy of extermination ; and since the President gave assurances that the United States would make every effort together with the United Nations to save those who could be saved. [2/3] (c) Despite the fact that time is most precious in this matter, State Department officials have been kicking the matter around for over a year without producing results; giving all sorts of excuses for delays upon delays; advancing no specific proposals designed to rescue Jews, at the same time proposing that the whole refugee problem...

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ISBN
9781612490144
Related ISBN
9781557535078
MARC Record
OCLC
794701196
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2011-07-21
Language
English
Open Access
No
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