Hitler Sees No Reason To Complain About Expulsion of Jews

(April 8, 1933)


James McDonald, the League of Nations high commissioner for refugees coming from Germany (and later first U.S. Ambassador to Israel) met with Adolf Hitler to find out what could be done about the steady stream of Jews fleeing Germany. The following quotation comes from McDonald's diary:


“As to the Jews, why should there be such a fuss when they are thrown out of places, when hundreds of thousands of Aryan Germans are out on the streets. No, the world has no ground for complaint. Germany is not fighting merely the battle of Germany. It is fighting the battle of the world.”


Source: Peter Carlson, “A Diplomat's Diary,” Washington Post, (April 22, 2004)