362.1163 Watch Tower/19: Telegram

The Consul General at Berlin (Messersmith) to the Acting Secretary of State

We have had several conversations recently with representatives Watch Tower Society. Lately government again seized property and interdicted all activities throughout Germany. We succeeded several days ago obtaining assurances Ministry Interior that physical property including plant Magdeburg will not be confiscated and eventually released. Ban on all activities continues and in view of nature pamphlets, activities and general situation in Germany Embassy and Consulate General have considered it impossible to object to ban on activities and I believe Department will take same attitude. Local representatives society understand our position. Full report forwarded despatch No. 1428, July 12. Suggest Department defer further consideration pending receipt foregoing in answer to Department’s telegram.