A group of senior aides to Treasury Secretary Henry Morgenthau, Jr. uncovered a pattern of attempts by the State Department to obstruct rescue opportunities and block the flow of Holocaust information to the United States. In January 1944, they drafted a report to the secretary which documented “the acquiescence of this government in the murder of the Jews.” The report noted that “the slaughter of the Jewish people in Europe is continuing unabated” and that U.S. policy is “to save those Jews of Europe who could be saved.”
Randolph Paul signed the report for the Foreign Funds Control Unit of the Treasury Department. He concluded:
It was indeed officials in the State Department who not only did little or nothing to save Jews but actively placed obstacles in the way of their rescue. The person most responsible was Assistant Secretary Breckinridge Long. Even in 1944, when this document was written, long before all the facts about his behavior were disclosed, the report noted:
Morgenthau used the report to warn President Roosevelt that the refugee issue had become “a boiling pot on [Capitol] Hill” and Congress was likely to pass the rescue resolution unless the White House acted. Roosevelt pre-empted Congress by establishing the War Refugee Board.
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Source: Rebecca L. Erbelding, “About Time: The History Of the War Refugee Board,” Unpublished Ph.D. Dissertation, George Mason University, (2015), pp. 147-148.