740.00119 Control (Germany)/10–2045: Telegram

The United States Political Adviser for Germany (Murphy) to the Secretary of State


818. The tenth meeting of the Political Directorate was held on October 18.

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On the question of pooling of non-Nazi German personnel and of documents for the setting up of central administrations, and on the US member’s proposal concerning the transfer of personnel and documents from Kassel to Berlin in this connection,34 it was decided [Page 885] that in view of the French position,35 this whole matter is left in suspense and no action can be taken on it at present. The French member stated that his Government had submitted a memorandum as to its point of view at the London Conference.36 As no decision had been taken on the matter, the French Government had ordered its delegates at Berlin to abstain from all discussion of the matter. The question was accordingly adjourned.

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  1. Omitted portions of this telegram report the discussion of other questions in the Political Directorate. The section pertaining to the representation of neutrals in Germany is quoted and summarized in footnote 48, p. 1000.
  2. At the ninth meeting of the Political Directorate, October 11, the U.S. member offered a proposal implementing the transfer of personnel and documents from the Ministerial Collecting Center in Kassel to Berlin; reported to the Department in telegram 756, October 12, from Berlin. (740.00119 Control (Germany) /10–1245).
  3. At the ninth meeting, as well as at previous meetings, the French member had adhered to the position that he was not authorized to discuss the question of a central administration in any of its aspects.
  4. See memorandum dated September 13, p. 869.