740.00116 European War 1939/584: Telegram

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

4261. From Tittmann. No. 156, September 14. My 153, September 8.9 Upon learning that the Brazilian Ambassador to the Holy See made his approach to the Vatican this morning by sending to the Secretariat of State a memorandum addressed to the Cardinal Secretary of State, I took similar action later on in the day by sending in a memorandum10 in the sense of the Department’s telegram No. 1911, August 4. My British and Uruguayan colleagues also sent in their communications today, Mr. Osborne’s11 in the form of a first person note.

A démarche in the same sense on behalf of eight occupied countries but unrelated to the Accioly proposal was made by the Polish and [Page 775] Belgian Ambassadors when they handed a joint note to Monsignor Tardini12 (in the absence of the Cardinal) on September 12, It is not expected, after all, that theYugoslav representative here will make a separate démarche since his country is included in the joint note. The texts of the communications cited above are being forwarded by airmail.13 [Tittmann.]

  1. Not printed.
  2. Supra.
  3. Francis D. G. Osborne, British Minister to the Vatican.
  4. Domenico Tardini, Papal Under Secretary of State.
  5. Despatch No. 114, September 15, 1942, not printed.