124.60C/86: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Sweden (Sterling)7

26. Please repeat the following message to Warsaw as Department’s No. 43, August 25, 8 p.m.

“Your 203, August 25, 2 p.m. In the event of developments as outlined in your telegram, it is felt that the Consul General should remain [Page 673] in Warsaw in charge of the chancery. In the event that Warsaw becomes object of attack the authorization already given you with regard to allowances for quarters outside of Warsaw should be sufficient. While we do not expect officers to run undue risk we feel that the chancery should remain in charge of the Consul General.

You are authorized to destroy confidential archives and files. In proceeding with your staff you will, of course, wish to limit your equipment to minimum requirements.

The Commercial Attaché and his staff should remain with the Consulate subject to your decision with respect to the necessity of that personnel remaining in Poland.

Any American personnel not deemed necessary during the emergency should be transferred to some nearby post outside of Poland. It is our feeling that the Commercial Attaché might be included in this group unless you feel that he and his staff can be of useful assistance in remaining on in Warsaw.”

  1. The same telegram was sent August 25, 8 p.m. to the Minister in Latvia, as No. 47.