My father was constantly upset with the State Department's role in the Jewish
question in Europe, in Germany. And he, I think, particularly felt that he was
being sabotaged by Breckinridge Long who was, I guess the Assistant Secretary
of State at the time...|
I am aware that as the war progressed my father felt that he wasn't going to
get anywhere with the State Department. They were constantly going to put up
barriers towards trying to do anything for the Jews, to rescue the Jews. And
so he began to think about alternative kinds of agencies that might be set
I think it must have been difficult for him to push the issue to the extent
that he did when he felt that he just had to go circumvent the State Department
at any cost. I think that must have been difficult.
I think he felt that he was pushing the boundaries of his relationship. But I
think he felt by that time so strongly that something had to be done that he
was willing to take that chance.
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