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The Riegner Report: State Department Instructs Swiss Mission to Stop Forwarding Reports from Jewish Organizations

(February 10, 1943)

After the Riegner cable was transmitted via diplomatic pouch to Rabbi Stephen Wise, the State Department instructed the American mission in Switzerland to stop forwarding reports from representatives of Jewish organizations in Switzerland to their counterparts in the U.S.



To:American Legation, Bern
From: Secretary of State, No. 354
Date: February 10, 1943 Your 482, January 21

In the future we would suggest that you do not accept reports submitted to you to be transmitted to private persons in the United States unless such action is advisable because of extraordinary circumstances. Such private messages circumvent neutral countries’ censorship and it is felt that by sending them we risk the possibility that steps would by necessity be taken by the neutral countries to curtail or prohibit our means of communication for confidential official matters.


Sources: Yad Vashem