File No. 763.72114/2899

The Swiss Minister ( Sulzer) to the Secretary of State

Department of German
Interests IX Prinz. 6

Sir: I have the honor to inform Your Excellency that the German Government has expressed to the Swiss Foreign Office the wish that this Legation, representing German interests in the United States, arrange and conduct a visit of inspection of those camps where the officers and crews of the former German auxiliary cruisers Kronprinz Wilhelm and Prinz Eitel Friedrich are now held prisoners of war, in order to ascertain in what manner these men are quartered, and, in general, all matters relating to their maintenance and personal welfare.

In accordance with this wish, I have been instructed by the Swiss Foreign Office to effect the necessary arrangements to this end, provided always, such an inspection is agreeable to the Government of the United States.

The Department of State having advised this Legation that these men are held prisoners at Fort McPherson and Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, and having verbally indicated its agreement to the inspection, I beg to inform Your Excellency that I have arranged that my collaborator, Dr. Carl P. Hubscher, Secretary of the Legation, and Mr. Maurice Trembley, of New York, a Swiss citizen, will undertake to inspect these camps the week of September 24. The exact date will be communicated later to Your Excellency. I should esteem it a great courtesy if the officers of these camps would be duly informed of this visit of inspection, and on as early an occasion as Your Excellency may find possible.

Accept [etc.]

Hans Sulzer