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Dear Miss Addams!
On the [occasion] of your presence in Europe, I would like to take this opportunity to express to you, on behalf of the German government and the [German] people, my heartfelt thanks for all that you have done for Germany in the spirit of warm, reconciling love and generous humanity.
Shortly after the end of hostilities, you with several like-minded women visited Central Europe, suffering from the terrible consequences [page 2] of the war and the great catastrophe – Germany’s story was at that time [almost] unknown in your home country. Your reports were primarily to be thanked when the necessary enlightenment was created and the funds for some generous relief action, notably also for the children’s aid program of the American Quakers in Germany, were made available. Even now, as always, you are working tirelessly as a chairwoman of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, as head of new aid agencies, at public congresses and in private circles in the service of relieving the suffering of humanity. Now the world needs more than ever heads, [page 3] that overlook peoples’ confusion from a very wide point of view and work to resolve crises. Only the termination of the hatred which the bloody years of the world war have generated and the will of people to work together for reconstruction can [get] us [out] of the present distress. May these principles, which you have always upheld, finally prevail and peoples’ peace and social peace crown your work.
With the expression of my deepest respect.