740.00115 EW/12–1844: Telegram

The Chargé in Switzerland (Huddle) to the Secretary of State

8203. American Interests. American-German Civilian Exchange. Tour 4103, December 5th. Foreign Office note today quotes following from note December 16 from German Legation, Bern (translated from German).

  • “(1) The German Government agrees with the proposed German-American exchange of civilians for the middle of January. It proposes Switzerland as exchange point.”
  • “(2) To avoid transportation difficulties it is necessary that the exchange of civilians on the SS Gripsholm does not take place at the same time as the seriously sick and wounded exchange, but approximately four days prior thereto.”
  • “(3) 34 Cuban nationals are held in Spain from a partially carried out Cuban-German exchange, whose repatriation is desired by the Cuban Government. The German Government agrees to authorize the repatriation of these Cuban citizens within the framework of the number of 850 Americans who are to be exchanged.”