740.00115 PW 1939/10–544: Telegram

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

4228. American Interests—Far East. Please request Swiss to obtain expedited reply to Department’s 3851, November 11, and preceding telegrams as Department is most anxious to continue with negotiations on this subject.

With reference to your 6632, October 5. Please request that Gorgé be informed that initial lists of Japanese civilians captured on Saipan and Tenian have already been provided Spanish Embassy Washington and that further lists of such nationals and of Japanese nationals captured on Guam will follow promptly.76

  1. Telegram 249, January 16, 1945, 9 p.m., to Bern, stated that the United States Government had completed reporting to Spanish and International Red Cross channels the names of the 22,456 Japanese civilians taken in the Marianas and requested “that Gorgé now press Japanese Government to consider exchange of these persons against Americans in their control.” (740.00115 PW/1–1645)