Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European Affairs (Moffat) of a Conversation With the German Chargé (Leitner)

With regard to the Mowrer case, Dr. Leitner told me that he wished to protest strongly against statements printed by Mowrer to the effect that the German Government had informed him that it could not be responsible for his safety and hence desired him to speed his departure. He recalled to me that as he had explained the case to the Secretary, Mowrer’s departure was hastened by the fact that otherwise the German Government would have to proceed against him in the courts.

The Chargé d’Affaires then went on to designate Mowrer’s recent articles as “outrageous” and added that it was probably not necessary to [Page 406] say more as we knew what a difficult individual he was and that he understood that our Ambassador in Berlin had, even in the short time he was at Berlin, had difficulties with Mowrer.

Pierrepont Moffat