American Consul General and First Secretary, US Embassy in Berlin, 1929-39
Between 1929 and 1939, Dr. Geist was the American Consul General in Berlin. During the period of 1938-39, he helped many Jews and anti-Nazis to emigrate from Germany. He personally intervened on behalf of these refugees with the Nazi high officials. He did this well beyond his official duties as Consul General. Further, he helped Jews and others who were under imminent threat of deportation to the concentration camps leave Germany.