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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
(1937)

Germany,   pp. 319-405 PDF (32.6 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, ) 937, VOLUME II
362.1121 Hirsch, Helmut/48: Telegram
  The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany (Dodd)
                               WASHINGTON, June 1, 1937-5 P. m.
  52. Your telegrams 120, 12111 and 123. We fully approve your
actions and trust that you will continue to exert every effort to secure
commutation of sentence. The matter is being kept confidential here.
                                                            HULL
862.1121 Hirsch, Helmut/50: Telegram
  The Ambassador in Germany (Dodd) to the Secretary of State
                                     BERLIN, June 2, 1937-6 p. m.
                                  [Received June 2-2:45 p. m.]
  126. Department's 52, June 1, 5 p. m.; and Consul General's tele-
gram of 5 p. m. today 12 stating that Hirsch execution is set for Friday
morning, June 4.
  I have had no word from Neurath to whom I wrote this morning
recalling our conversation of May 31 (see first paragraph my 125,
June 2, 11 a. m.12) I have also seen Staatssekretaer Meissner with
whom I had had previous communication on the subject. He has
promised to see Hitler in the morning and place before him the in-
ternational aspects of the matter. Meissner will communicate with
me afterwards.
  As a last resort you may wish to call in Dieckhoff 3 at once and
explain to him the desirability of a commutation of sentence. Hirsch
would be the first American executed under the National Socialist
political legislation and with the exception of Vanderlubbe (of
Reichstag fire fame) the only foreigner as far as we know.
  While naturally it is a matter for your judgment whether to limit
yourself in conversation with Dieckhoff to humanitarian and inter-
national aspects, you may wish to refer to the fact that we have not
seen the evidence in the case.
                                                            DODD
362.1121 Hirsch, Helmut/52: Telegram
  The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Germany (Dodd)
                              WASHINGTON, June 2, 1937-6 p. m.
  53. Your 125, June 2, 11 a. m. and Jenkins June 2, 5 p. m.11 Delay
would of course not be a solution but is imperative to permit further
  1 Neither printed.
  12Not printed.
  " Hans Dieckhoff, German Ambassador in the United States.
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