740.0011 European War 1939/21138: Telegram

The Minister in Switzerland (Harrison) to the Secretary of State

1655. My telegram no. 1436, April 10.25 Swiss Foreign Office has today advised me that the Swiss Minister in Budapest has reported by telegraph the receipt of a note verbale dated April 17 from Hungarian Foreign Office stating that in taking note of our communication Foreign Office recalls the attack by Soviet Air Forces on Kassa26 June 26 last causing enormous losses in lives and property. Accordingly Hungary considers that she is carrying on a defensive war against the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

  1. Not printed; it reported that the American communication to the Hungarian Government had been delivered by the Swiss Legation in Budapest at 11 a.m. on April 7; the Hungarian authorities had made no comment (740.0011 European War 1939/20921).
  2. City in that portion of Slovakia annexed by Hungary from Czechoslovakia as a result of the arbitral award by the Italian-German Commission made at Vienna, November 2, 1938, In Slovak, the name was Košice.