740.00116 European War 1939/521

Memorandum of Conversation, by the Secretary of State

Participants: Secretary of State Hull; the Ambassador of the Netherlands, Dr. A. Loudon; the Minister of Yugoslavia, Mr. Constantin Fotitch; and the Minister of Luxembourg, Mr. Hugues Le Gallais.

The Dutch Ambassador, the Yugoslav Minister and the Luxembourg Minister called jointly at their request. They handed me a self-explanatory letter, a copy of which is hereto attached,10 together with an annex in French.9 They desired me to transmit the foregoing to the President for his consideration and action in regard to the Declaration made at St. James’ Palace on January 13, 1942 by the nine countries, to wit: Belgium, Greece, Luxembourg, Norway, the Netherlands, Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia and the French National Committee.

I thanked the gentlemen for the documents and said that the largest problem faced by my Government in the matter was how most effectively to expose these atrocities and how most effectively to deal with them; that the State Department has been working for sometime on atrocities and is giving every attention to all phases thereof. I added that I hoped within a few days it would be possible to reach some conclusion with respect to plans. I said that, of course, the President [Page 48] would be glad to give sympathetic consideration to the communication just as the State Department was doing.

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  1. Supra.
  2. Not printed.