840.4016/10–945: Telegram

The Representative in Hungary (Schoenfeld) to the Secretary of State

729. Reference Depts airmail instruction 124, Sept 21,28 transmitting copy of Aug. 16 [note], from Czechoslovak Govt to Ambassador Steinhardt regarding transfer of German and Hungarian minorities from Czechoslovakia.29 It is highly desirable that this Mission be advised whether Czechoslovak Govt’s assumption mentioned in penultimate paragraph of Czechoslovak note is correct that the Allied great powers “agree with the exchange of the Hungarian population”. Omission from Potsdam agreement of any reference to exchange of Hungarian population in Czechoslovakia for Slovak population in Hungary30 has been interpreted here as meaning that no such proposed exchange was contemplated there. Consequently it is important for this Mission to learn whether the expulsion of Hungarians from Czechoslovakia which Hungarian Govt alleges still continues is in harmony with the policy of the Allied Powers.

Sent Dept. Rptd to Praha as No. 11.

  1. Not printed.
  2. Note No. C.20.532/45/II, August 16, 1945, from the Czechoslovak Under-Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs to the Ambassador in Czechoslovakia, vol. ii, p. 1269.
  3. For the decisions of the Potsdam Conference regarding the transfer of German populations, see the Report on the Tripartite Conference of Berlin, August 2, 1945, Foreign Relations, The Conference of Berlin (The Potsdam Conference), 1945, vol. ii, pp. 1499, 1511, and the Protocol of the Proceedings of the Berlin Conference, August 1, 1945, ibid., pp. 1478, 1495.