Germany’s policies. He made clear the fact that Germany, instead of paying her obligations, has made foreign purchases of “materials susceptible of military use.”
Hull said that the “reduction in foreign trade brought about by the multiplication of trade barriers has increased Germany’s difficulties in meeting its obligations.”
The message clearly indicated that, while Germany adopted many policies, including persecution of the Jews, detrimental to itself in international affairs, the Hitler regime has taken no steps toward changing these policies to regain the good will of the other nations of the world.
The note to Germany is regarded in official Washington as one of the most critical messages sent to a foreign country in many years.
In many quarters it is suggested that it may prove to be the outstanding force leading to a material change in Hitler Government policies.
What makes the note so significant is the fact that it is the first official expression on the part of the United States on Hitler’s policies. This adverse expression crystallizes American opinion and in general expresses what other countries have wanted to say but for various reasons could not.
With Dr. Hans Luther, German Ambassador to the United States, now in Germany, the note is expected to have greater force in view of the fact that Dr. Luther is familiar with the attitude of the United States.