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FDR Tells Lehman German Jews Applying For Visas Will Get Favorable Treatment

(November 13, 1935)

In this letter dated November 13, 1935, President Roosevelt advises New York Governor Herbert Lehman that he instructed the State Department to give German Jews applying for visas “the most generous and favorable treatment possible under the laws of this country.” FDR notes that the number of visas granted for people from Germany is far below the quota of 25,957. Page two shows the number of immigrant visas issued for fiscal years 1932-35 and the total for all four is 14,201.

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