740.00119 Control (Germany)/12–2245: Airgram

The Acting Secretary of State to the United States Political Adviser for Germany ( Murphy )

A–24. Reference is made to Department’s 1085, December 14, 1945, 8 p.m. and your 1324, December 22, 4 p.m. in response.31

Department has instructed Missions in other American republics to make representation against grant of citizenship to dangerous [Page 800] German nationals, especially individuals recommended for repatriation, as contrary to obligations of American republics under Resolution XVII of third meeting of Foreign Ministers held at Rio de Janeiro,32 Resolution XV of Emergency Advisory Committee for Political Defense,33 and Resolution VII of Mexico City conference.33 Information has been received that former head of Banco Alemão Transatlantico in Rio de Janeiro and other objectionable Germans considered by Rio de Janeiro Embassy for repatriation have been granted Brazilian citizenship by naturalization within past few months. It is obviously desirable to forestall any tendency toward indiscriminate award of local citizenship to German nationals as injurious to execution of plan to return to Germany German officials, German agents and other obnoxious Germans.

  1. Neither printed. Mr. Murphy, in telegram 1324, stated that Department’s telegram 1085, which suggested an amendment to the note to United Nations Governments relating to expulsion of German agents, had not been received until after the note had been approved by the Coordinating Committee. In telegram 1085 the Department had proposed that Mr. Murphy, if the occasion presented itself, suggest an amendment to the note designed to cover some cases of naturalization of obnoxious Germans (740.00119 Control (Germany)/11–2745, 12–2245). See circular telegram dated December 18, 1945, for quoted text of note as sent to 37 American Diplomatic Missions, Foreign Relations. 1945, vol. iii, p. 818.
  2. Department of State Bulletin, February 7, 1942, pp. 117, 128–130.
  3. For text, see Emergency Advisory Committee for Political Defense, Annual Report, July 1943 (Montevideo, 1943), p. 139.
  4. For text, see Pan American Union, Final Act of the Inter-American Conference on Problems of War and Peace, Mexico City, February–March, 1945 (Washington, 1945), p. 38.