863.00/1368: Telegram

The Chargé in Austria ( Wiley ) to the Secretary of State

4. Vienna Nazi leader Tavs arrested and National leader Leopold interrogated. Incriminating documents seized including plan drawn up by Tavs for Nazi uprising this year involving German participation. Foreign Office is inclined to regard plan as personal rather than officially approved project. Tavs’ private archives are now being deciphered for further enlightenment. Foreign Office is informed that Neurath5 recently made alarming statements to François-Poncet6 and Flandin7 on the subject of German attitude toward Austrian independence. This is perhaps basic [basis of] rumors reported by Berlin in telegram 17 of January 18, noon.

  1. Baron Konstantin von Neurath, Reich Foreign Minister.
  2. André François-Poncet, French Ambassador in Germany.
  3. Pierre Etienne Flandin, leader of the opposition in the French Independent Radical Party.