Roosevelt’s, Hindenburg’s Concern for Jews Under Nazis Revealed

Documents indicating President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s and German President Paul von Hindenburg’s concern over the Nazi treatment of Jews were contained in a new volume of captured German documents published simultaneously here and in London yesterday. Roosevelt’s concern was indicated indirectly in a report by Nazi finance leader Hjalmar Schacht.

In a letter to von Hindenburg apparently responding to a query by the aging German President, Hitler wrote that von Hindenburg “in a generous and humane way,” had taken up the cause “of those members of the Jewish people who at one time were forced to perform war service as a result of general conscription.” He insisted that Jews must be removed from positions important to the state “so that certain events that cannot be told to the rest of the world for higher reasons of state really remain secret.” Hitler promised however, that he would “try to take into account your noble sentiment to the greatest possible extent.”

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