864.01/465a: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Minister in Sweden (Johnson)

485. You should immediately inform the Hungarians that the Department has taken note of their declaration reported in your 958 of March 2116 and that you will be glad to report what practical steps the Hungarian diplomatic representatives may contemplate with a view to effective action against the Germans. You should suggest that it certainly would be to the interest of all Hungarians abroad and to the ultimate benefit of their country, if the Hungarian diplomatic representatives in the neutral countries could work out a common plan for effective action. It would not be desirable for you to act as a means of direct transmission of messages for Hungarian missions, but you should offer to communicate at once to appropriate American missions in neutral countries the substance of inquiries or declarations looking toward the strengthening of Hungarian resistance, for such action by the receiving mission as may be appropriate. Such messages should be repeated to the Department for its information. Similar instructions are being sent to the other neutral capitals.

  1. Not printed; it reported information from the Hungarian Legation in Sweden that it would be out of the question for the Hungarian Minister and Legation to take orders from the Germans who had occupied Budapest on March 19 (740.0011 European War 1939/33621).