The Chargé in Poland (Nielsen) to the Secretary of State
[Received November 3.]
Sir: With reference to my despatch No. 1264 of August 31, 1936, with which was enclosed a copy of the Aide-Mémoire which I left with the Minister for Foreign Affairs when I called on him on August 29 to protest,28 in accordance with your telegram No. 51, August 26, against the harsh treatment accorded to American citizens who had been arrested in Poland in connection with the enforcement of the Polish foreign currency regulations, I have the honor to report that the Embassy has now received a communication dated October 9, 1936, from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in reply to my representations to Colonel Beck. A copy and translation of the Ministry’s communication are enclosed herewith.
It will be noted that the Ministry’s communication is in several respects not responsive to my Aide-Mémoire. While the Ministry expresses [Page 413] regret at the treatment of American citizens in connection with the foreign exchange regulations, this regret is modified by the statement that some Americans, through attempts to mislead the customs officials, have clearly violated the Polish regulations. In spite of the fact that I requested from the Minister a statement in writing setting forth the manner in which the Polish Government intends in the future to enforce the foreign currency regulations with respect to American citizens,* the communication from the Ministry merely states that the Polish Government has taken steps to inform foreigners coming to Poland of the Foreign currency regulations.
It will be recalled that the memorandum29 attached to my Aide-Mémoire of August 29 dealt with the cases of Mina Galewska, Gitele Leifer, Max Bartfield, and Fanny Silberberg, who were the only Americans being detained in Poland on the date in question as far as the Embassy was aware. Very probably the Ministry of Foreign Affairs delayed its reply until these four cases had been settled. The Embassy knows of no American citizens who are at present being detained in Poland on charges of having violated the Polish foreign currency regulations.
- Not printed; for report of representations, see telegram No. 83, August 29, 7 p.m., from the Chargé in Poland, p. 409.↩
- subsequently reminded the Director of the Western Department and the Chief of the Anglo-Saxon Section of the Foreign Office that the American Government awaited with interest the receipt of this statement. [Footnote in the original.]↩
- Not printed.↩