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April 20

1940

Secret directives of the Supreme Command of the Army require that
persons of mixed blood [Mischlinge] and husbands of Jewish wives be
discharged. (Ruerup, 118) [This directive is not entirely successful,
and some Mischlinge remain in the military.]

1943

Gerhart Riegner, the World Jewish Congress representative in
Geneva, in a cablegram to WJC President Wise in New York,
sent through State Department channels, outlines possible
rescue actions for Jews in Romania and France providing that
funds can be found.  To keep hard currency from falling into
Axis hands in violation of wartime treasury regulations, the
proposal calls for borrowing local currencies in the two
countries, to be guaranteed by dollars held in blocked Swiss
accounts until after the war. (See February 13.) The
cablegram is forwarded from Bern on instructions from
Underscretary of State Sumner Welles following word from
Rabbi Stephen S. Wise in New York that the Geneva WJC
representative had been attempting to send an urgent
message. (See February 10.) (USHMM 1993, p. 31)


                       Work Cited

Ruerup, Reinhard, Ed., trans. By Werner T. Angress. Topography of
   Terror. Berliner Festspiele GmbH, Berlin: 1987

USHMM (United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). Fifty
   Years Ago: Revolt Amid the Darkness: Days of Remembrance,
   April 18-25, 1993. Washington, D.C.: 1993

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