File No. 763.72112/1959a

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

[Telegram]

2350. In Department’s consideration of destination of conditional contraband, it is necessary to ascertain to what extent the military authorities have superseded civil authorities in the Government of Germany so far as control over imports are concerned, and to what extent the Government controls the use of articles on conditional contraband list of Great Britain and her allies. Are private consignees free to import such articles without interference by authorities? Have explained matter fully to Kirk who is returning.

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