Report of the American Consul in Stuttgart
to the State Department Regarding Crystal Night in Stuttgart
(November 15, 1938)
In a figurative sense, my home has been bombarded
by visitors and telephone calls giving evidence of the distressing circumstances
in which many people are finding themselves. Hundreds are appealing
for help and encouragement, and with husbands in concentration camps
many are without funds. Late last night an American woman of over sixty
years of age begged for assistance in ascertaining the whereabouts of
her aged and sick husband who has been rounded up with the German Jews.
I have strong hopes that he will be at her side again within a few hours.
Many other Americans are appealing on behalf of their Jewish relatives.
The Consulate received almost one hundred telegrams
yesterday and almost as many today. Many of these have been from the
United States and have expressed the utmost interest in their relatives
in Germany. In the majority of cases the male members of the families
concerned were ascertained to be in concentration camps. Even up to
this minute arrests have been made in Stuttgart and telegrams are constantly
being received, although it is late at night.
For more than five days the office has been inundated
with people. Each day a larger and larger crowd has besieged the Consulate,
filling all the rooms and overflowing into the corridor of a building
six stories high. Today there were several thousand. Each person has
been handled with the greatest possible consideration and each person
must have felt that he or she had been as courteously and sympathetically
handled as the enormous crowd would permit
Source: John Mendelsohn (ed.), "The Holocaust,"
Vol. 5, New-York, 1982, p. 179-181.