740.0011 European War 1939/33770: Telegram

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

1117. We fully approve of your action reported in your 2020, April 1, and we have sent you in clear today the text of my statement to the press60 expressing the deep regret of all of us over this tragic incident as well as Ambassador Winant’s report of his and General Spaatz’s call on the Swiss Chargé in London to express similar sentiments. Assistant Secretary Long and the Director of the Office of European Affairs, Mr. Dunn representing me, called on the Swiss Minister this afternoon to express in person the regret of this Government over the incident and to inform the Minister that an investigation was under way by the military authorities and as soon as it was completed the findings would be made available to the Minister.

We hope the foregoing will be of some use to you in your conversations with Swiss officials. If you have occasion to discuss the matter further with Mr. Pilet-Golaz please express our deep appreciation for his orders that press and radio announcements in Switzerland should be restrained and factual.

  1. Department of State Bulletin, April 8, 1944, p. 314.