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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

Germany,   pp. 319-405 PDF (32.6 MB)

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862.00 Hitler/112: Telegram
  The Ambaa8sador in Germany (Dodd) to the Secretary of State
                                  BERLIN, March 17, 1937-7 p. m.
                                  [Received March 17-3: 25 p. m.]
 50. I called at the Foreign Office this afternoon at 6 o'clock at the
 request of Dieckhoff 74 who thereupon expressed the hope while fully
 appreciating the American principles of freedom of speech that our
 Government might find some means whereby La Guardia and other
 similar American officials and persons could be persuaded to cease
 their anti-German public statements and particularly to stop their
 depreciatory and contemptuous remarks regarding the Chancellor.
 He added that Luther 75 had been instructed to protest against cer-
 tain statements made at Madison Square Garden on March 15th.
 A more detailed telegraphic report follows tomorrow.
862.002 Hitler/113: Telegram
  The Amba88ador in Germany (Dodd) to the Secretary of State
                                 BERLIN, March 18, 1937-1 p. m.
                                 [Received March 18-9:40 a. m.]
  51. In continuation of my No. 50, March 17,7 p. m. Dieckhoff seemed
quite a bit troubled about the La Guardia episode and asked whether
I could recommend that the President or the Secretary of State could
stop the Mayor's talk about Germany and the Chancellor. I was sur-
prised that he should ask such a question as he was Counsellor of
Embassy in Washington for 4 or 5 years.
  I told him there was nothing anyone could do against freedom of
speech or press. Since he seemed to be speaking upon the advice of
his Government contrary to his own real attitude, I referred to certain
of Germany's policies and acts that had produced so much criticism
in all democratic countries and emphasized the denial of religious
press and university freedom; and especially stressed the kind of
speeches that had been made at Nuremberg last September.
  Dieckhoff did not disagree and acknowledged the effects of the
Nuremberg performances. He repeated the request that I make some
effort to stop La Guardia. I repeated your former statement and
added: "If the German press wish to see La Guardia reelected Mayor
of New York on a huge majority, they have only to continue taking
notice of what he says and is free to say".
  Hans Dieckhoff, head of the Political Division of the German Foreign Office.
  '5 Hans Luther, German Ambassador in the United States.

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