File No. 763.72119/8730

The Minister in Switzerland ( Stovall) to the Secretary of State


2921. From reliable source it is reported that German Government is furious at Professor Lammasch in Vienna, and German Embassy made definite complaint to Austrian Government that Lammasch was engaged in pernicious agitation against Germany. It is stated that the representations amounted to a precipitate ultimatum. It was demanded that Emperor Charles disapprove Lammasch or face prospect of German occupation of Vienna. Austrian Government was obliged to make evasion and tentative disavowal of Lammasch’s negotiations in Switzerland. Emperor personally stands by Lammasch and latter has announced he will fight to death to complete Austrian federation with autonomous states, complete separation from German policy, and a reorientation in accord with the Western Powers.