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FDR Agrees to Funds for Jewish Refugees

(August 14, 1943)

On July 23, 1943, Rabbi Stephen Wise, president of the American Jewish Congress, requests funds to help Jews, especially children, in Nazi-occupied territories. Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau informed Wise on August 11 the aid would be provided and President Roosevelt repeated this commitment in a reply to Wise on August 14.  FDR writes again to Wise on August 30 in response to his request that he warn the Nazis against committing crimes against the Jews and reminds him of the statements he has already made denouncing their barbaric crimes. He made another such statement on March 24, 1944.