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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

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862.4016/1662a: Telegram
  The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany (Dodd)
                           WASHINGTON, April 26, 1937-7 p. m.
  39. Refer to my telegram April 23, 6p. m. to Consul General.2 Press
correspondence from Berlin states reports are current that forcible
dissolution of B'nai B'rith lodges in Germany were precipitated by a
resurgence in the United States of anti-Nazi propaganda as manifested
by La Guardia incident.3
  I would like your views and any comment as to the reasons behind
this step and whether the attack on cultural and charitable phases
marks a new departure in German Government policy. Keep me
advised as to developments.
  The Ambassador in Germany (Dodd) to the Secretary of State
No. 3437                                  BERLIN, April 26, 1937.
                                               [Received May 4.]
  SIR: Referring to the Embassy's despatch No. 3419 of April 16,
1937,2 I have the honor to report that the renewed anti-Jewish drive
noted therein has been advanced by the suppression throughout Ger-
many of the organization known as the B'nai B'rith, which, as the
Department may be aware, is the Jewish benevolent society corres-
ponding roughly to the Catholic Knights of Columbus in the United
  These steps were taken last Monday, April 19, by the Secret Police
who visited the homes of various officers and workers of the Society
in Berlin and after confiscating all documents and funds ordered them
to report to the organization's headquarters on the Kleiststrasse. There
the investigation was continued and after the passports of all the
  'Continued from Foreign Relations, 1936, vol. ii, pp. 192-205.
  2Not printed.
  'See pp. 367 fif.

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