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Greek Government-in-Exile Responds to Prime Minister’s Call to Aid Jews

Dated March 30, 1944
Recd 6:40 p.m.

Secretary of State,
March 29, 7 p.m.

The Greek Prime Minister has today issued a declaration as follows in translation:

“On the 24th of March 1944 President Roosevelt in a momentous declaration denounced once more to the civilized world the crimes of our bloodstained enemies who, with increased intensity, particularly in the Balkans and Hungary continue, by slaughter and the torments of starvation to exterminate thousands of human beings. The language used by President Roosevelt was the language of the inexorable justice which will before long punish the perpetrators of these unprecedented crimes, together with their satellites and accomplices. This declaration constitutes also, in the highest sense, an expression of human solidarity with all the victims of these barbarous outrages.

The Hellenic Government, fully sharing the views and feelings of the eminent leader of their great Ally the United States of America address to all Hellenes the request that they take particular notice of his recommendation that the Allied Balkan peoples help in the rescue and escape to neutral or friendly countries of the Jews now threatened by new and inhuman persecution or of any other victims of Nazi tyranny.”

Copies of this text have been furnished the OWI for broadcasting to the Balkans and the Greek Government will include the statement together with the declaration by the President in its broadcasts to Greece over the Egyptian State broadcasting station [...]

Source: Yad Vashem