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

5501. American Interests, Germany. POW Repatriation. Department’s 2682, 4th. Swiss note August 23 quotes note dated August 22 from German Legation, Bern of which following substance translation.

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German Government from outset made repatriation of excess German sanitary personnel from American custody an assumption (Voraussetzung) for the exchange of seriously wounded POWs and excess sanitary personnel in September this year and in that connection pointed out that 700 excess German sanitary personnel are in United States and 400 in North Africa (German Legation refers to its note, substance of which communicated Legation’s 4685, July 21). American Government now intends repatriate only 100 German sanitary personnel on exchange vessel Gripsholm instead of 1100. German Government desires from United States Government clarification concerning computation this number. German Government is not prepared accept American proposal that excess sanitary personnel in so far as they are not now repatriated be included in a future exchange.