File No. 763.72/1976

The Ambassador in Germany (Gerard) to the Secretary of State


2617. Wolff’s Bureau sends out semi-officially notice that Germans working in America on war material for Allies make themselves [Page 485] liable to prosecution for treason as soon as they touch German soil.

The hate campaign against America continues with unabated violence, backed, I am convinced, by Von Tirpitz, Reventlow and company, who seem to desire war with America.

Although I have advocated concessions to preserve peace, I am now convinced that no concession that we make short of joining Germany in war will satisfy this extreme party which seems for the present in control.