740.00119 Control (Germany)/4–2545

Memorandum of Conversation, by the Acting Secretary of State

Participants: The President
Secretary Morgenthau
Mr. Clayton
Mr. McCloy
Mr. Bard
Mr. Crowley
Acting Secretary, Mr. Grew

The President this morning at 10:10 received the informal committee set up for the purpose of elaborating the directives for dealing with post-war Germany composed of Secretary Morgenthau, Mr. Clayton, Mr. McCloy, Mr. Bard, Mr. Crowley and myself. As Chairman of the Committee, I told the President the purpose of the meeting and then asked Mr. Clayton to explain to the President the papers which had been drawn up covering the military and political, economic and financial phases of the problem. The President said that he was keenly interested in this matter and that he wished personally to study the papers agreed upon by the Committee, which were then handed to him. In reply to a question from Mr. Clayton, the President said that he would be glad to have the Committee pursue the same studies in connection with the treatment of post-war Austria, but he made it clear that the treatment of Germany and Austria should be quite different.

Joseph C. Grew