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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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8, 1937, I have the honor to report that according to a statement made
to the Embassy by the Foreign Office, the German Government, with
the issuance of the press communique transmitted in translation in
my telegram No. 46, March 13, 5 p. m., considers the La Guardia in-
cident and its emanations as closed.
  To the account of my conversation with Neurath given in my tele-
gram No. 45 of March 12, 7 p. m., it may be added that he readily
recognized the indecency of the German press languatge, and in dep-
recation of its tone, added that "If I had been writing the articles,
I would have employed entirely different language and avoided any
apparent slur on the American people."
  Since one must identify the German press with the German Govern-
ment, Neurath's remarks may be taken as another interesting indica-
tion of his position in the Government but outside the Party.
  The unity of the German press in this affair is documented by the
attached selection of clippings from the provincial press of March
5th, transmitted for record purposes.72
  With reference to the last sentence in my telegram No. 45 of March
12, 7 p. m., there is also transmitted herewith as an enclosure an
article in point from the Angriff of March 12, 1937.72
  Respectfully yours,                          WTuTJA1 E. DODD
862.002 Hitler, Adolf/122
             Memorandum by the Secretary of State
                                  [WAsHINGToN,] March 17, 1937.
  The German Ambassador called upon his own request at 3: 00 o'clock
this afternoon. He proceeded to detail and to emphasize the deep-
seated feeling aroused among German officials and the German people
at the utterance of Mayor La Guardia at a mass meeting in New York
on the night of March 15th. He said that the particular word used
by Mayor La Guardia and applied to Chancellor Hitler was unimagi-
nably offensive in Germany and that he could not begin to describe the
full significance, in its odious aspects, of this term. It is comprised
of about 23 letters, mainly consonants. The Ambassador concluded
with an earnest request that this Government make a strong and defi-
nite apology and offer new and special regrets, etc., etc.
  I first suggested that we talk a little about the background, in a
wholly individual and unofficial way, to which the Ambassador readily
agreed. I then reminded him that during the last campaign Presi-
dent Roosevelt even was duly subjected to epithets and denunciations
by numerous critics as bad or worse than any that had been expressed
or uttered in this case; that the real difficulty in this instance arose
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