President Roosevelt to the British Prime Minister (Churchill)16

740. Your No. 938. I agree in principle with your proposal to give notice to the German Government that it is responsible for the sustenance of the civil population in those parts of Holland that remain in German occupation.

In view of Stalin’s17 recent allegations in regard to Crossword,18 I believe that before making any arrangement through the Red Cross with any German authority we should inform Stalin.

  1. Copy of telegram obtained from the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library, Hyde Park, N. Y.
  2. Josif Vissarionovich Stalin, Chairman of the Council of People’s Commissars of the Soviet Union.
  3. Reference is to “Sunrise–Crossword”, the code name for discussion then taking place in Switzerland between German and Allied military representatives regarding a possible surrender of German forces in Northern Italy. For documentation on this subject, see vol. iii, pp. 717 ff.