832.00N/117: Telegram

The Ambassador in Brazil ( Caffery ) to the Secretary of State

232. My 226, May 21, 5 p.m.46 People here and notably the Government, including Aranha,47 are thoroughly frightened of a possible Integralista movement.48

Aranha and others repeat that Brazilian sentiment 90% in favor of the Allies, but the 90% are unorganized while the 10% in favor of the Germans are getting better organized every day.

If Italy joins the war the situation will become more dangerous owing to the fact that the Italian population ranks second only to Portuguese in numbers of foreign born.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Oswaldo Aranha, Brazilian Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  3. Fascist-type movement in Brazil.