860C.001 Moscicki, Ignaey/45: Telegram

The Minister in Rumania (Gunther) to the Secretary of State

366. Your telegram No. 214, October 21 [29], 1 p.m.62 I am accordingly proceeding with instructions set forth in your telegram No. 212, October 28, 8 p.m.; it generally takes a few days to obtain an audience.

I concur that no publicity is most important. Were there really any plans afoot to assassinate ex-President Moscicki (please see your telegram No. 186, October 13, 6 p.m.) efforts might well be redoubled were it to become known that we were officially instrumental in effecting his release for the express purpose of getting him to the United States. In my telegram 306, October 4, 6 [8] p.m., I mentioned the late Prime Minister Calinescu had especially requested that no mention be made of the possibility that ex-President Moscicki might go eventually to the United States.

In the last paragraph my telegram 338, October 17, midnight, I reported that ex-President Moscicki’s son when here, after seeing his father, expressed the hope of both his father and himself that the efforts on foot of the Polish Government in France to bring about the intervention of our President through Ambassador Bullitt would not be successful. I told him at the time that I would probably be consulted and that I would bear in mind his wishes. Ex-President Moscicki’s son is Polish Minister at Brussels and is, I understand, in fairly close touch with his father. It would be enlightening to know whether there had been any change in this attitude. Davies63 could probably quite easily ascertain this. I do not gather from your 212, [Page 703]October 28, 8 p.m. that I am to approach ex-President Moscicki personally unless a favorable decision is reached by the King. The Polish Ambassador told me last night that ex-President Moscicki should be in Craiova in the southwest of Rumania and that were I to go later personally to Craiova to see the ex-President it would be almost a certainty that it would get out somehow and thus the ex-President might be exposed to infinite danger.

Since my 268, September 26, 8 p.m.64 I have not communicated to Paris any of my telegrams on this subject.

Gunther
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  2. Joseph E. Davies, American Ambassador in Belgium.
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