740.00119 European War 1939/1643: Telegram

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

5502. From Tittmann,37 [No.] 176, September 1. There is a report in the Vatican to the effect that Ribbentrop has been in Moscow for the past 8 days endeavoring to bring about a Russo–German peace. Hitler it is said has thus far refused all conditions proposed by the Soviets and negotiations seem to have failed. The report sounds fantastic and I would not send it on were it not for the fact that it comes from a hitherto reliable source.38 It is also an indication of the extreme nervousness that prevails in Vatican circles at the present time. [Tittmann.]

  1. Harold H. Tittmann, Jr., assistant to Mr. Myron C. Taylor, Personal Representative of President Roosevelt to Pope Pius XII at the Vatican, to whom this telegram was shown at the Department of State.
  2. A similar report about Ribbentrop’s presence in Moscow, received from Spanish sources, was sent in airgram No. A–131 from the American Legation in Tangier on August 26, 1943. The Counselor of Legation considered the report to be preposterous. (740.00119 European War 1939/1635)