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ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Typed letter signed ("Franklin D. Roosevelt"), as President, to Representative Joseph E. Hendricks (1903-1974), Washington, 2 July 1941. 1 page, 4to, White House stationery . FINE.
ROOSEVELT, Franklin D. Typed letter signed ("Franklin D. Roosevelt"), as President, to Representative Joseph E. Hendricks (1903-1974), Washington, 2 July 1941. 1 page, 4to, White House stationery . FINE. FDR CLOSES THE GERMAN CONSULATES IN THE U.S. AND KEEPS A WATCHFUL EYE ON A GERMAN DIPLOMAT in this letter to New Deal Democrat, Joe Hendricks. With German-American tensions heating up during the fateful summer of 1941, Roosevelt thanks Congressman Hendricks for his letter approving the closing of the consulates, and for passing along information about "Mr. Wilhelm Tannenberg, First Secretary of the German Embassy in Washington." FDR promises to share the intelligence to the State Department. Furthermore, "I may assure you that the competent agencies of the Government continue to follow closely any action on the part of representatives of foreign governments which may be inimical to American interests." Tannenberg (1895-1983) was part of bitter dispute within the Embassy over whether or not to use the German-American Bund for sabotage and propaganda purposes. Goebbels and Nazi officials in the foreign ministry supported using the Bund. Tannenberg--part of the aristocratic, conservative caste that, at least, pretended to hold the Nazis at arm's length--opposed it, thereby drawing the wrath of officials in Berlin who demanded his recall. But allies in the foreign ministry protected him and he retained his post. Drew Pearson, in his syndicated "Washington Merry-Go-Round" column of 30 July 1944, reported that "Dr. Tannenberg deserves American thanks for at least partially sabotaging the Bund. The Herr Doktor left no stone unturned to make the path of the Bund a rough one." After Pearl Harbor, the U.S. interned Tannenberg for six months before exchanging him for American diplomats held in Germany. U.S. forces held him in a POW camp from 1945-1946, but he ultimately aided the occupation's de-Nazification program.

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Auktionshaus: Christie's
Titel: Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts including Americana
Auktionsdatum: 19.06.2014
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19 June 2014, New York, Rockefeller Center