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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)

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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
Goebbels' rebuke to the Angrff editor may be regarded as corrobo-
rated by the fact that the press on and after March 6 played down
the incident and comment was largely confined to La Guardia per-
sonally.
                                                           DoDD
862.002 Hitler, Adolf/108: Telegram
  The Ambassador in Germany (Dodd) to the Secretary of State
                                  BERLIN, March 13, 1937-5 p. m.
                                    [Received March 13-3 p. m.]
  46. With further reference to your No. 1a, dated March 10, 2 p. M.,
the following translated press communique, the tone of which does
not seem to be particularly contrite, was issued today for publica-
tion abroad only:
  "The American Ambassador Dodd yesterday brought to the at-
tention of the Foreign Office the comment of certain German news-
papers on the notorious speech of the New York Mayor, La Guardia.
As one assumes in political circles here, the reply was made to the
American diplomat that the slander expressed by La Guardia was
bound to call forth understandable general indignation in Germany.
If indeed the language of certain German newspapers went perhaps a
little too far, this is simply attributable to that excitement. An insult
to the American nation was not intended. Moreover, one probably
does not err in assuming that the attention of the American diplomat
was directed to the continued spiteful attitude of a large part of the
American press (not mentioned in fact) contrary to truth vis-a-vis
German problems."
  It is understood from the Foreign Office that there is to be no men-
tion made of my conversation with Neurath in the German press and
that this Government now considers the matter closed.
  Rumors have reached me that certain American press has quoted
me as giving a statement of Neurath's reply to me yesterday. These
are false as I have consistently refused to comment on his attitude
and I have given to the press only the substance, not to be quoted,
of my oral remarks to him.
                                                           DODD
868.002 Hitler/130
  The Ambassador in Germany (Dodd) to the Secretary of State
No. 3353                                 BERLIN, March 15, 1937.
-                                     [Received March 29, 1937.]
  SIR: In confirmation of the Embassy's telegrams Nos. 40, 42, 44,"
45 and 46, and in continuation of my despatch No. 3339 dated March
" Telegrams Nos. 40, 42, and 44 not printed.
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