Reference: (AES 2733/42, autograph)
Location and date: Vatican, 11.04.1942
Summary statement: Protest of the Holy See against the Slovak measures against the Jews.
The English minister [D’Arcy Osborne] (1) asked whether the Holy See has intervened in favour of the Jews of Slovakia. (2)
I responded “Yes”. He, moreover, had already been informed by me of steps taken before Easter. This morning, I added, I have protested to the Slovak Minister [Karel Sidor].
(1) William Godfrey, Apostolic Delegate in the United Kingdom, informed the Vatican of the persecution of the Jews in Slovakia: “The Chief Rabbi of the Jews in Britain, asked me to recommend to the Holy See the sad plight of the Jews of Romania and Hungary. The entire Jewish population of Czechoslovakia, numbering 90,000, is condemned to concentration near the Polish border. He begs for the gracious intervention of the Holy See against the new wave of anti-Jewish persecution”. (Telegram no. 41, 01.04.1942, AES 2764/42) Maglione replied on 11.04.1942: “ … that the Holy See has repeatedly shown its concern to improve the situation of the non-Aryans. The English minister to the Holy See was informed of steps taken for the Jewish population of Slovakia.” (Telegram no. 206, AES 2764/42)
(2) See ADSS 8.328 (ADSS has 234 which does not make sense)
(3) See ADSS 8.346.