File No. 763.72111M72/8

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Spain ( Willard)


480. No reply has been received to Department’s 435, April 26, 4 p.m. This Government is most solicitous of the welfare of the American prisoners of war in Germany and requests most urgently a complete report in their regard. Department has already received a list of the prisoners through the International Red Cross and American Red Cross, which shows that about 127 Americans are confined at certain camps. This list was prepared by the War Ministry, Berlin, on April 17. Request that instructions be issued to Spanish Ambassador at Berlin immediately to visit camps and route his report through American Minister at Berne, who is interested in relief of prisoners.