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Quaker visit to the Gestapo in 1938 reference collection


Held at: Friends Historical Library of Swarthmore College [Contact Us]500 College Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081

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The American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) sent a three-man delegation to Berlin in December 1938 to intercede with the Nazi government on behalf of Germany's Jews. The delegation, composed of Rufus Jones, Robert Yarnall, and George Walton, learned from German Jewish leaders that emigration was more urgent than relief. It met with two of Reinhard Heydrich's lieutenants at the Gestapo on December 19 and proposed that the AFSC assume control of Jewish and non-Aryan emigration. While members of the Quaker delegation initially were hopeful, the proposal was not accepted.

Lawrence M. Miller (1920-2007) was a Quaker activist and long-time employee of the American Friends Service Committee and Friends General Conference, both based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Reference material (largely photocopies) collected by Lawrence M. Miller for a planned study of the visit by Rufus Jones, Robert Yarnall, and George Walton to Gestapo headquarters in Berlin in 1938.

Arranged by compiler.

Gift of Robert Dockhorn, Acc. 2017.024.

The donor received the papers from the son of Larry Miller who had compiled the material but died in 2007 before he could complete his study. The papers are in the order as received.

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Finding Aid Author
Susanna Morikawa
Finding Aid Date
June 2021
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