Vincens Steensen-Leth debates potential aid for a Jewish woman in Germany married to a Dane in 1942
DearHans Jakob Hansen,
Thank you for your kind letter of l.ds. P.J.I.Jr.No. 17.E. Tys.12 / 100, concerning Mrs. Martha Hagen. I understand, that in Danish circles, where the German attitude to the Jewish question has not yet penetrated, we can be somewhat disappointed with the weak results in these cases and tend to think that we are too reluctant on the part of the envoy and would, therefore, like to try, as far as possible in a letter, to redress our difficulties.
The official German attitude towards the Jews gradually becomes more and more severe as the war progresses. The Jews are seen as the enemies of the People and they want to get rid of them, at best through isolation in ghettos in the designated areas. This attitude applies to the Jews as a race without regard to citizenship, and the goal is the introduction of a Jewish law similar to the German throughout Europe, that is, also in Denmark.
So far, the foreign Jews in Germany are spared some of the most rigorous provisions, but it is clear that even non-German Jews, in due course,
As you know, in the first few years after the introduction of Jewish laws, several female German Jews married foreigners. The German authorities regard all these marriages as concluded solely for trying to circumvent the Jewish laws. In most cases, the motives behind the marriages are self-evident (which, of course, does not preclude the man from acting on the noblest and most humane motives). In addition, according to German opinion, mixing Aryan and Jewish blood is a crime, and that marriages between Aryans and Jews are
The way in which you suggest allowing the Consulate General to go to the police has to be taken with great caution. In several cases, the police have rejected such requests from the Consulate General and wanted the issue to go the diplomatic way. We have also seen that the police authorities have said to the Consulate General that they would have to look after the person if she continued to bother them with applications. We hereby reach a point that I am afraid hasn’t had much attention at home. As a rule, the persons seeking our and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs` assistance have tried all possible ways. The result easily becomes an Irritation to the Authorities, which may cause fatal consequences for the persons concerned. There is a risk that the authorities, in order to get rid of more nonsense, will send those concerned to the General Government or to Theresienstadt. Furthermore, there is the risk of 1) that the relatively gentle treatment of foreign Jews in part is replaced by a sharper course and 2) that the question of precautionary measures against Jews in Denmark becomes relevant. After all,
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