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Joan Morgenthau on: Her Father's Frustration with the State Department
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 up.

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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