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DGFP, VIII, pp 865-66A quite unofficial American peacemaker was also in Berlin at this time: James D. Mooney, a vice-president of General Motors. He had been in Berlin, as I recall, shortly before or after the outbreak of war, trying like that other amateur in diplomacy, Dahlerus, though without the latter's connections to save the peace. The day after Welles left Berlin, on March 4, 1940, Hitler received Mooney, who told him, according to a captured German record of the meeting, that President Roosevelt was "more friendly and sympathetic" to Germany "than was generally believed in Berlin" and that the President was prepared to act as "moderator" in bringing the belligerents together. Hitler merely repeated what he had told Welles two days before.
On March 11 Thomsen sent to Berlin a confidential memorandum prepared for him by an unnamed American informant declaring that Mooney "was more or less pro-German." The General Motors executive was certainly taken in by the Germans. Thomsen's memorandum states that Mooney had informed Roosevelt on the basis of an earlier talk with Hitler that the Führer "was desirous of peace and wished to prevent the bloodshed of a spring campaign." Hans Dieckhoff, the recalled German ambassador to the United Staes, who was whiling away his time in Berlin, saw Mooney immediately after the latter's interview with Hitler and reported to the Foreing Office that the American businessman was "rather verbose" and that " I cannot believe that the Mooney initiative has any great importance."
waldzee wrote:.... I Strongly suspect that the motive was GMC's attempt to salvage its investments in Opel at the American taxpayer's expense.
Carl Schwamberger wrote:waldzee wrote:.... I Strongly suspect that the motive was GMC's attempt to salvage its investments in Opel at the American taxpayer's expense.
One occasionally runs across remarks about Stimson, Marshall, Arnold, & others receiving inquiries about the 'necessity' for bombing certain manufactoring sites in Germany & other locations in Europe. Marshall is susposed to have become more than a little annoyed by these.
Is a new 'dance around the golden calf' about to begin? Will the world sacrifice itself to the American Moloch? The world is now at the parting of the ways. Either it will yield to the might of American gold or it will accept the new methods of young, vigorous, striving nations.
Gorque wrote:Walther Funk complained to the Reichsbank's central board of governors on March 30, 1939 about the amount of gold that was in and flowing to the United States at the time:Is a new 'dance around the golden calf' about to begin? Will the world sacrifice itself to the American Moloch? The world is now at the parting of the ways. Either it will yield to the might of American gold or it will accept the new methods of young, vigorous, striving nations.
At the time, the U.S. gold holdings constituted 57% of the monetary gold in the world, excluding the Soviet Union.
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