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Rep. Hennings Calls on President to Protest Mistreatment of German Jews

(October 3, 1935)

As indicated by this letter from Rep. Thomas Hennings Jr. of Missouri, as early as 1935, members of Congress began calling on President Roosevelt to protest the mistreatment of Jews in Germany. The letter was forwarded to the State Department, which returned it without a reply. Apparently, the explanation for its return was given in an unrecorded phone call between Richard Southgate, Chief, Division of Protocol and Conferences and Rudolph Forester, Executive Clerk at the White House.