362.1113/41: Telegram

The Ambassador in Germany (Wilson) to the Secretary of State

228. Referring to Department’s 57, May 4, 7 p.m., statement made in Vienna’s May 3, 11 a.m. to the effect that Gestapo heads had no instructions from Berlin regarding Heller’s case or apparently concerning treatment of foreigners in general, desire to state that assurances given Geist by Gestapo heads referred to disciplinary measures sent out to S.A. and S.S.

Geist was in Vienna day before yesterday and saw Gestapo officials there who informed him that three assailants of Heller were under arrest and would be punished.

Am convinced that police authorities have acted promptly not only to proceed with punishment of Heller’s assailants but have taken measures to stop similar unwarranted attacks. Therefore, believe [Page 515]no action in addition to previous apparently successful protest should be taken at this juncture in view of measures authorities have taken in this and in other cases. Please note final paragraph Embassy’s 217, April 30, noon.97

  1. Ante, p. 367.