862.414/4–2845: Telegram

The Ambassador in France ( Caffery ) to the Secretary of State

2176. From Murphy. With reference to my telegrams Nos. 2133, April 27, 8 p.m. and 2135, April 27,9 a.m.57 two members of this Mission and representative of British Element Control Council have made initial inspection of between 200 and 400 tons German Foreign Office archives, half of which discovered were in the Castle of Falkenstein, about 30 percent in the Schloss Degenershaus and the remainder in the Burg Falkenstein and Schloss Stolberg, all located in the Harz mountains near Geisburg. For security and to facilitate adequate examination it is proposed to move the archives so [to] the University of Marburg in the American zone. The bulk of the correspondence is pre-1943 and includes the original anti-Comintern pact. The archives were in charge of Dr. Valentin and Baron von Griesheim who voluntarily informed the American troop commander of whereabouts of the archives. [Murphy.]

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