John W. Pehle

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John W. Pehle (1909-1999) was a US Treasury Department lawyer and one of the authors of the Report to the Secretary on the Acquiescence of This Government in the Murder of the Jews, a 1944 document exposing the State Department’s alleged cover-up of the Holocaust. He became the first director of the War Refugee Board.[1]

He was born in Minneapolis, grew up in Omaha, Nebraska, and studied at Yale Law. From 1934 to 1940, he was a lawyer in the Office of the General Counsel. Later he became the director of the Treasury Department's foreign funds control and assistant to the secretary of the Treasury. He was the first director of the War Refugee Board, created in 1944 while continuing to work for Foreign Funds control in the Treasury Department. Early in 1945 he left the War Refugee Board, where he was succeeded by William O'Dwyer. In 1946 he entered into private practice, as the senior partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Pehle & Lesser and successor firms, and, later in the Washington office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. He died in 1999.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Background & Overview of the War Refugee Board". Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  2. ^ "Obituaries". Washington Post. 1999-03-27. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-04-09.
  3. ^ Wolfson, Leah (2015-08-13). Jewish Responses to Persecution: 1944–1946 (in Arabic). Rowman & Littlefield. ISBN 9781442243378.