Hans-Heinrich Dieckhoff, German Ambassador to the United States, 1937-1938

June 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm | Posted in Historical | Leave a comment
Tags: , ,
German Ambassador cools his heels. Washington, D.C., Nov. 22. German Ambassador Hans Dieckhoff cools his heels as he waits alone in the diplomatic room before being ushered into the office of Secretary of State Cordell Hull on whom he paid a farewell call today before leaving for the homeland.  November 22, 1938.  (Library of Congress)

German Ambassador "cools his heels." Washington, D.C., Nov. 22. German Ambassador Hans Dieckhoff 'cools his heels' as he waits alone in the diplomatic room before being ushered into the office of Secretary of State Cordell Hull on whom he paid a farewell call today before leaving for the homeland. November 22, 1938. (Library of Congress)

Hans-Heinrich Dieckhoff served as German ambassador to the United States from 1937 until until recalled in response to the American recall of its ambassador in protest over the Kristallnacht in November 1938. He was the last to occupy the post until after the war.

(The Beate Klarsfeld Foundation) When, in September 1941, the broadcasting department began to develop the twelve topics of the propaganda – especially No. 5: That Jew Roosevelt aspires to worldwide Jewish supremacy – the German Ambassador to Washington, Hans Dieckhoff, commented: “That is a sure way of seriously compromising our other statements, which happen to be accurate, on the domination of the United States by Jews.”

Dieckhoff’s memorandum outlined how to deal with the matter:

“In our counterattack we should avoid calling Americans Jews unless we are completely certain that they are. If we state that an American public figure like Roosevelt is a Jew when every American knows that he is not, we will make our other claims suspect . . . . I recommend taking the following line: Isn’t the President continually surrounded by advisers and close friends who are Jews? Isn’t Felix Frankfurter, Whom the President appointed to the Supreme Court, one of his most trusted advisers? Isn’t Judge Rosenman, who writes the President’s speeches, a Jew? Isn’t Morgenthau a personal friend as well as a neighbor in Hyde Park? Isn’t Mrs. Morgenthau one of Mrs. Roosevelt’s closest friends, and doesn’t she see her every day? Aren’t Mr. and Mrs. Morgenthau Jews?”

Advertisements

Leave a Comment »

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URI

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.
Entries and comments feeds.

%d bloggers like this: