McPherson College, April 21, 1941.
Mrs. Kathleen Hambly Hanstein
American Friends Service Committee
20 S. 12th St.
Dear Mrs. Hanstein,
Today I received the following letter of the German consul:
(he copies the German letter here)
Following is a translation:
German Consulate1410 International Office Building722 Chestnut Street St. Louis, Mo.
Mr. Walter Doeppnerc/o McPherson CollegeMcPherson, Kansas
According to the decree of April 17, 1937, concerning the conscription of German citizens abroad to active military and labor service, you must, if you are still a German citizen, register at this consulate. If since your immigration to the United States you have become an American citizen, you would have to prove this by presenting your naturalization papers to this consulate.
If you are an American citizen, you are not liable to military service. Moreover, you are not required to register, if, being a minor, you have become an American citizen through the naturalization of your father. In this case, however, you would have to present the naturalization papers of your father.
A registration blank has been enclosed for your use.
The German Consul.This letter was sent in a plain envelope, showing only the address and not the fact that it came from the German Consulate. In the letter the Umlaut (ö) appeared, but in the address on the envelope it was avoided.(oe).
Considering the fact that my mother is still in Germany, would you advise me to register or disregard it? If not, what course of action should I follow? I would appreciate an immediate response, because I shall wait until I hear from you.