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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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clippings, chiefly from the London Times, carrying accounts of state-
ments,adverse to Germany made by Ambassador Dodd upon his re-
turn to the United States.
  Freytag said that in view of Mr. Dodd's position these press ac-
counts were very distressing to the Foreign Office. He stated that
while the German Government was not making any formal protest
the Foreign Minister nevertheless wished Washington to know how
he felt about the matter and that he hoped the American authorities
could see their way clear to prevent if possible by some means Mr.
Dodd employing his official stay in Germany as a basis for attacks
on Germany in any speeches or publications which he might have in
  I feel it also incumbent upon me to report that certain prominent
Germans here have in view of these press accounts expressed to me
privately their apprehensions- that remarks critical of the regime
which they had made to Mr. Dodd might, in some manner through
inadvertence, be repeated or referred to by him which might result
in subjecting them to serious difficulties.
  I am sure that the Department will appreciate that the transmission
of the foregoing is to me personally a most unwelcome but at the
same time in my view an inescapable duty.
128 Dodd, William E./227
              Memorandum by the Secretary of State
                                 [WASHINGTON,] January 14, 1938.
  The German Ambassador came in upon his own request. He was
very prompt to say that he came on his own initiative, and without
instructions, to speak very earnestly about the utterances the night
before of former Ambassador William E. Dodd, in which among other
things he accused Chancellor Hitler of killing as many people in
Germany as were killed by Charles II. The Ambassador then
launched into a very strong statement about the injury to the relations
between our two governments which such an utterance would inevi-
tably cause. The fact, he said, that Dodd had been recognized until
recently as Ambassador at Berlin and of his returning here and at
once engaging in such serious attacks upon Chancellor Hitler was
wholly unjustifiable from every standpoint and would be given more
weight by reason of his recently having been ambassador; that, there-
fore, he felt this Government should say that it disapproved what

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