863.4061 All Quiet/21
The Minister in Austria (Stockton) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 18.]
Sir: Referring to my despatch No. 412, November 7, 1931, I have the honor to inform the Department that in September, 1932, Mr. Rappaport, the local representative of Universal Pictures, informed [Page 119] me that Dr. Constantin Dumba, former Ambassador to the United States, in his capacity as President of the Austrian League of Nations Society, had interested himself in obtaining the release for exhibition in Austria of the film “All Quiet on the Western Front.” Mr. Rappaport requested my cooperation.
Dr. Dumba subsequently called upon me. In view of the fact that the Aide-Mémoire from the Foreign Office, quoted in my despatch referred to above, stated that although the Austrian Government was not in a position to release the film at that time, it was not to be implied that it might not be released at some later date, I inquired of the Foreign Office on October 10 concerning the Austrian Government’s attitude with regard to the release of the film for exhibition in Austria at this time. I enclose a translation of a Note Verbale from the Foreign Office, dated October 24, expressing the Austrian Government’s regret that it could not at present remove the ban on the public exhibition of the film due to the unsettled political situation here.
The Foreign Office’s reference to the disturbances of October 16 relates to the Simmering tragedy which was reported in the Legation’s despatch No. 661, of October 19, 1932.3 The prohibition of public parades mentioned in the Foreign Office’s Note Verbale refers to the decree recently issued by Major Fey, Secretary of State for Public Safety, prohibiting open air demonstrations by National Socialists, Social Democrats, and Communists, members of which parties had participated in the rioting at Simmering. This decree, which incidentally leaves the field of public demonstrations open to only the Heimwehr, which is now closely affiliated with the Dollfuss Government and of which Major Fey is the Vienna leader, was also referred to in the Legation’s despatch concerning the Simmering incident.
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