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Diplomatic Relations in Balance in Nazis’ Beating of Americans

America’s diplomatic representatives in Germany today are investigating the cases in which American citizens have been beaten by Nazi representatives. The order issued by Secretary of State Hull asking the investigation was interpreted in some quarters as the first step in determining America’s future policy toward Germany.

Repercussions are expected as a result of the failure of Ambassador Dodd to interview Baron von Neurath, the German foreign minister, or Chancellor Hitler, with whom he had an appointment to discuss the Nazi attacks on Americans Friday. The American colony in Germany is watching the outcome of the situation anxiously since it is conceivable that a diplomatic incident will result if Americans continue to be mistreated.

Ambassador Dodd’s visit on Chancellor Hitler Friday was ordered when the assaults on Americans grew in number and frequency. An unprovoked attack on Roland Velz, an American, in Dusseldorf, who was struck by Nazis for not saluting the swastika during a parade, brought the issue to a climax. Velz, who appealed to a German police official without getting results, reported the matter to the diplomatic authorities.

If it is learned that German authorities are not protecting the rights of American citizens, it was indicated at the State Department that an announcement may be forthcoming that the safety of Americans traveling in Germany cannot be guaranteed.

A recapitulation shows that between thirty-four and forty attacks have been made, on which the consulate has lodged twenty-eight protests, each bringing a promise thus far unfulfilled.

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