360c.1121 Galewska, Mina/11: Telegram

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


86. Your telegram No. 58, August 31, 7 p.m.

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This noon I made to Director of Western Department of Foreign Office25 the strong protests which your telegram No. 58 instructs. I used vigorous language and pressed for immediate satisfactory settlement of the case. In the conversation I covered all points mentioned in the instruction.
The Director undertook to do everything possible to expedite settlement and to insure that in the future we shall be promptly furnished all pertinent court records and other necessary information. He said that subsequent to my conversation with the Minister of Foreign Affairs on August 29 the following action has been taken by the Government: (a) all cases involving violations of the foreign exchange regulations will be handled by a single person in the Foreign Office, thus centralizing control in that Ministry; (b) frontier stations have been sent new and precise instructions to instruct every traveller entering Poland regarding the instruments of payment he must declare. Furthermore, action is to be taken as soon as possible to insure that travellers who are not guilty of actual smuggling will not be harshly treated. The nature of this action has not yet been decided upon, but the matter is receiving careful study. The Director stated that satisfactory results cannot be obtained in a single day and asked, in effect, for patience until the machinery can be worn in.
The instruction in the fifth paragraph in your telegram 58, August 31, 7 p.m., will, of course, be complied with.
  1. Count Jozef Potocki.