“A campaign of race extermination is in progress,” 1915 telegram, Ambassador Henry Morgenthau, Sr.

Excerpt from the New York Times (November 16, 2009):

Henry Morgenthau Sr., one of 12 children born into a Jewish family in southern Bavaria, came to New York in 1866. He was appointed to his ambassadorship in 1913, and is today credited with drawing needed attention to the Armenian genocide.

A telegram written in 1915, by which he informed the secretary of state that ‘a campaign of race extermination is in progress,’ is prominently displayed in the exhibition.

A new exhibit, “The Morgenthaus: A Legacy of Service,” opens Monday at the Museum of Jewish Heritage in Battery Park City, New York. It highlights the lives of three Morgenthaus: Robert, Manhattan District Attorney since 1975; his father, Henry Morgenthau Jr., who was secretary of the Treasury under President Franklin D. Roosevelt; and his grandfather, Henry Morgenthau Sr., who was ambassador to the Ottoman Empire during World War I. The exhibit features objects and historical documents.

Read the New York Times article,  Looking Back at the Morgenthau Legacy.

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