360c.1121 Zarzycki, Stephen/4: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in Poland ( Nielsen )

42. Your telegram No. 67 of July 23, 3 p.m. Please cable immediately whether Zarzycki and Pulmanowski have been released and their property returned to them. If not, you should ascertain and report measures proposed by the Polish Government to effect such action.

Department has just received despatch No. 444 of July 3, 1936, from the Consulate General8 reporting the case of Mrs. Nadler Haber.9 You should cite her case to the Foreign Office along the line of the Department’s telegram No. 37 of July 18, 1936, protesting against the harsh treatment accorded her for what at the most would amount to a minor technical infraction of Polish exchange restrictions. If her property was not returned to her when she was released, you should take appropriate steps to obtain its return. Embassy should investigate into and request explanation of the delay in the delivery of the letter addressed to Consulate General by Mrs. Haber.

Please instruct the Consul General to report promptly by telegram all cases in which American citizens are imprisoned in connection with foreign exchange restrictions. In flagrant cases such as that of Mrs. Haber Consul General should send an officer to investigate case on spot.

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  2. Dorothy Nadler (Mrs. Joseph) Haber was arrested at Gdynia on June 2, 1936, when preparing to embark on the S. S. Pilsudski for New York, because several American savings bank books had not been declared. She was held in jail, her letter to the American Consulate General in Warsaw was delayed many days, before her trial on June 26. She was sentenced to 22 days imprisonment, which was commuted, and fined 250 zlotys. Before her effects were returned and she was let go, she was required to sign a release for damages or future claims. (360c. 1121/13; 360c. 1121 Haber, Dorothy N./1, 5).