840.414/6–1645: Telegram

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


3632. From Murphy. Reourtel 2770, May 18 regarding microfilms of secret German FonOff records. On June 12, on info furnished by Carl von Loesch, a large wooden box containing private films of Dr. Paul Schmidt, official interpreter at the German Foreign Ministry, was recovered by Gardner C. Carpenter of the State Dept CIOS team and Capt. J. I. Jones of the Brit FonOff from the grounds of a country estate near Muehlhausen, Thuringia where it had been secretly buried two months previously by Von Loesch.

The most important contents of the box were records, draft and final, of meetings during 1939 to 1944 between Hitler, Ribbentrop and other Nazi leaders on the one hand and Axis and satellite personalities on the other, at which Schmidt and occasionally Loesch served as official interpreters. The material covered a period extending some 9 or 10 months later than the microfilms previously found by Col. Thomson of the Brit FonOff, the latest memo being dated in Dec 1944.

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Sent Dept; rptd to London as 433. [Murphy.]