711.94114 Mail/4–1945: Telegram

The Secretary of State to the Chargé in the Soviet Union (Kennan)

913. Please ascertain if Soviet authorities will accept and forward approximately 100 kilos monthly of medical parcels for American prisoners of war held by Japan. Such parcels would be prepared by American Red Cross and shipped in Soviet vessels which now carry POW mail to Vladivostok. These parcels would be in addition to those now sent via Tehran. They would be addressed to the Prisoner of War Information Bureau, Tokyo, which will receive and distribute such parcels to American prisoners of war. Parcels would be addressed [Page 1060] in accordance with instructions set forth in your 3742, September 30.43

Please ascertain if possible the route or routes used by Soviet authorities in forwarding mail from Vladivostok to Japan. (Your 512, February 22).

  1. Not printed, but see telegram 3656, October 26, 1944, 9 p.m., to Bern. Foreign Relations, 1944, vol. v, p. 1065.