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.
That memorandum must have been
entirely to Kiesinger's liking, for he sent the Propaganda Ministry a copy on
November 22, 1941. Thus he fulfilled his duty of stirring up anti-Semitism
abroad while "the final solution of the Jewish problem" was getting under way
in his own country.
The Foreign Ministry's Germany Department shared
Kiesinger's concern for the effectiveness of Nazi propaganda, and so did the
S.S., as is shown by this example of their agreement as to its character. At
the Krummhübel conference of April 1944, attended by the press attaches
from the various embassies, Eberhard von Thadden, the head of the division of
racial problems in the Germany Department, advised that in anti-Jewish
propaganda abroad "we must keep everything we issue within the bounds of
reason." Von Thadden, who was to be deeply implicated on the diplomatic level
in the Eichmann trial, guaranteed the execution of the "final solution,"
leaving it to Kiesinger to prepare worldwide opinion to accept the liquidation
of the Jews.
In addition to regular broadcasts, Kiesinger's department
was responsible for the dissemination abroad of anti-Jewish propaganda programs
over the stations of German embassies. On December 1, 1943, for example,
Kiesinger's department advised the German Embassy in Lisbon to take the
following line in its broadcasts to Latin America:
Give details on the people's attitude
toward the Jews, their growing opposition toward Jewish immigrants, information
on illegal operations and machinations on the part of Jews. Generalized
statements are not enough; cite definite cases. For example, in Brazil, the
case of the Jew Itzig Lowenstein, who emigrated from Lodz a year or two ago
dressed in rags, yet was able to make a fortune within a short time in
foodstuffs or textiles or some other area by finding loopholes in the law or by
exacting illegal rates of interest.
Kiesinger even intervened
personally to keep a Danish singer named Bendix from getting on the German air
waves because he was half Jewish.
One of the duties Kiesinger performed
best was circulating evil