740.00116 EW/9–744: Telegram

The Ambassador in Portugal ( Norweb ) to the Secretary of State

2787. ReEmbs 2755, September 6, 4 p.m. The report has been current for the past few days and will not down that Von Papen28 and possibly other prominent Nazis (Ribbentrop,29 Funk,30 Curtius,31 Frau Goering32) have arrived in Lisbon. The most persistent is as regards Von Papen and he is rumored to have come in order to arrange asylum for top Germans in the Portuguese colonies. I am endeavoring to obtain from the Foreign Office a confirmation or a denial of these reports.

Sent Department; repeated to London as 428, to Madrid as 192.

Norweb
  1. Franz von Papen, former German Ambassador to Turkey.
  2. Joachim von Ribbentrop, Reich Minister for Foreign Affairs.
  3. Walter Funk, Reich Minister for Economic Affairs.
  4. Presumably Julius Curtius, German Minister for Foreign Affairs, from March 31, 1930, to October 6, 1931.
  5. Wife of Reich Marshal Hermann Goering, Minister for Air and Reich Conservator of Forests.