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British Diplomatic Reports on Buchenwald


British diplomats forwarded messages to the Foreign Office regarding the treatment of Jews in Buchenwald. On October 28, 1938, a message was communicated to the Foreign Office describing what happened to a Jewish businessman who was sent to Buchenwald. He said, “no Jewish prisoner is ever released unless he can produce evidence that he is able to leave Germany.” He added, “There appears to be no release from this system of deliberate torture of mind and body but death.” On February 2, 1939, Dresden Consul-General Sir Francis Michie Shepherd sent a message to Sir George Ogilvie-Forbe,s Counsellor to the Embassy in Berlin, containing another Jew’s description of the treatment of Jews in Buchenwald. The messages were published in a report on the treatment of German nationals in 1938-1939.