740.0011 European War 1939/2831: Telegram

The Chargé in Germany ( Kirk ) to the Secretary of State

1287. My 1286, May 10, 9 p.m. It is understood that the Netherlands Legation also presented to the German Foreign Office a note protesting Germany’s military [aggression?] and requesting the return of the passports of the members of the Legation. This evening the Counselors of the Dutch Legation and the Belgian Embassy were summoned to the Foreign Office and after being kept waiting for over an hour were received separately by a subordinate official who described the notes as an insolent gesture and stated that the German Government was unable to accord them notice. It is learned that the Dutch Counselor accepted the return of his Legation’s note, but observed that a copy was kept by the Foreign Office while the Belgian Counselor refused to withdraw the communication from his Embassy.