Istanbul, June 24, 1944 To: H.E. Lairance A. Steinhardt Ambassador of the U.S.A. A n k a r a Doc 120 From: Ch. Barlas Istanbul 296 Just received message from Budapest informing me that 400,000 Jews from the provincial towns deported to Birkenau etc majority probably for extermination stop next week beginning deportation remaining 350,000 Jews Budapest and environs stop the only rescue possibility is one to give warning about reprisals against germans interned in allied countries two to grant foreign citizenship stop am asked to inform USA and british ambassadors and dr. weismenn stop i am calling this to your attention. barlas -- Central Zionist Archives, Jerusalem, 1939-1945, vol. 4 of Archives of the Holocaust, ed. Henry Friedlander and Sybil Milton (New York: Garland Publishing, 1993), 296. Reprinted in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's "1994 Days of Renenbrance" publication, "Fifty Years Ago, Darkness Before Dawn."
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