740.0011 European War 1939/7331: Telegram

The Ambassador in the Soviet Union (Steinhardt) to the Secretary of State

1799. In the course of a conversation with the Bulgarian Minister yesterday, he stated that the reports of the number of German “tourists and technicians” in Bulgaria have been grossly exaggerated and that having made inquiry of his Government comparatively recently on the subject he had been advised that there were “less than a thousand Germans in all of Bulgaria.”

The Minister also expressed the opinion that the reports, if true, to the effect that the Iranian Government has called up five classes of reservists indicates that that Government entertains concern with respect to Soviet intentions.63

  1. For correspondence concerning pressure by the Soviet Union upon Iran, see vol. iii, pp. 621 ff.