The United States Thursday joined other United Nations governments in condemning Germany’s “bestial policy of cold-blooded extermination” of the Jews and in pledging that those responsible “shall not escape retribution.”
In announcing the move, the State Department said reports from Europe indicated German authorities, passing beyond the stage of ordinary persecution, “are now carrying into effect Hitler’s oft-repeated intention to exterminate the Jewish people in Europe.”
The announcement described Poland as “the principal Nazi slaughterhouse,” where ghettos established by the Germans now are being systematically emptied of all Jews except a few skilled workers valuable to the war industries. It added:
U.S. State Department Joins In Condemning Slaughtering Of Jews, AP, (December 17, 1942).