864.01/535: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Ambassador in Turkey (Steinhardt)

381. Lisbon’s telegram of April 2151 repeated to you as number 3 refers to a message from Hungarian Consul General Ujvary at Istanbul to Hungarian Ministers at Stockholm, Lisbon and Bern as contained in Istanbul’s 251R53 April 17 to the Department.52 This message stated that since the Turkish Government had not shown much willingness to continue recognition of Ujvary’s personal status as Consul General following his repudiation of the new Hungarian Government it would be desirable for Hungarian Ministers who have likewise broken with Budapest to ask their Turkish colleagues to exert influence with the Turkish Government to the end of alleviating his isolated position.

Although our information indicates that Ujvary is genuinely desirous of aiding the Allied cause and it seems likely that he could be useful in fostering Hungarian resistance to the Germans, the Department does not feel that you should make any formal or direct representations on his behalf. You may, however, take suitable opportunity to express informally to the Turkish Foreign Office our hope that his repudiation of the Nazi-imposed Hungarian Government and his present desire to collaborate with the Allies will not be allowed to place him in embarrassment with the Turkish authorities.

Sent to Ankara, repeated to Lisbon.53

  1. No. 1196, not printed.
  2. Not printed.
  3. Repeated to Lisbon as No. 1211.