811.2222 (1940)/155

The German Chargé (Thomsen) to the Secretary of State


III JA Chic. 92

The German Chargé d’Affaires has the honor, referring to the notes of November 25, 1940 (III T. E. 1344) and February 15, 1941 (III J Chic. 60) and also to repeated personal calls at the State Department regarding illegal induction of German citizens into American military service, to bring the following additional cases to the knowledge of His Excellency the Secretary of State of the United States:

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The German Chargé d’Affaires has already called attention to Article VI of the German-American Treaty of Friendship, Commerce and Consular Rights of December 8, 1923, by the note of November 25, 1940 (III T. E. 1344) and has asked that the authorities (Local Boards) entrusted with the induction of persons into military service in the United States be informed accordingly. As is evident from the above occurrences, this does not appear, however, to have occurred, in spite of repeated representations with regard thereto. The German Chargé d’Affaires therefore considers himself obliged to protest, most sharply, once more against the practice used against citizens of the German Reich, of arrest upon refusal to perform military service and also against the illegal induction of citizens of the German Reich into service in the American Army, and ventures to express the expectation that all citizens of the German Reich who have already been inducted into the American Army illegally will be released without delay.