Press Releases, vol. XIX, p. 338
Statement by President Roosevelt, November 15, 1938
The news of the past few days from Germany has deeply shocked public opinion in the United States. Such news from any part of the world would inevitably produce a similar profound reaction among American people in every part of the Nation.
I myself could scarcely believe that such things could occur in a twentieth-century civilization.
With a view to gaining a first-hand picture of the situation in Germany I asked the Secretary of State to order our Ambassador in Berlin to return at once for report and consultation.