345.1121 Benz, Heinrich/2: Telegram

The Consul at Calcutta (Groth) to the Secretary of State

Referring to my telegram of July 20, 6 p.m., the following telegram received from the Consul at Bombay.

“July 23, 1 p.m. Heinrich Benz interviewed last night at my instance prior to being sent to internment camp Ahmed Nagar, denied the vague charges against him and said that his detention solely due [Page 156] to German birth and brothers’ nationality. He reported that police told him they had notified this office of his arrest although first official notice was received yesterday. Benz said he frequently asked to see a consular officer but these requests were not communicated to me.

Wishes the Department to notify wife at 73 Park Street, Binghamton, New York, of the situation and that her husband is well.

Custodian of enemy property is holding radio, camera and some other articles of Benz. Inquiries are being made.

Benz only desire is to return to the United States. Suggest recommendation to the Department that strong representations be made for his release.”