864.515/8–1246: Telegram

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


1515. Mytel 1171, June 24 and despatch 1796, August 5.68 On July 20 Cardinal Mindszenty addressed letter to me requesting American intercession to insure ACC permission for St. Stephens Day procession August 20. Cardinal’s letter was forwarded US representative ACC who addressed letter August 1 to Acting Chairman ACC recommending granting of permission for procession. Acting Chairman has now replied by telephone that no representative of Catholic Church has requested permission for St. Stephens Day procession nor has Hungarian Government approached ACC re matter. US representative ACC suggests Cardinal Mindszenty approach Acting Chairman ACC through Hungarian Government with formal request for permission to hold procession and states US representative ACC has [Page 331] no objection of any kind to public religious procession and will present this view to ACC if matter arises.

In view reported Soviet objection retention St. Stephens Day as Hungarian national holiday and Hungarian suggestion US acknowledge August 20 as national holiday by means Presidential telegram (my despatch 1718, July 1569) it is possible issue may develop over this question during coming week.70

Repeated Paris Secdel 314, Moscow 267.

Dept please forward to Moscow.

  1. Neither printed.
  2. Not printed.
  3. In telegram 818, August 15, 1946, to Budapest, the Acting Secretary stated that a message from President Truman to President Tildy on the occasion of the Hungarian National Holiday of August 20 had been prepared (864.515/8–1246). The message was sent on August 20, 1946, and was released to the press on the same day. Many thousands of people attended the religious procession on August 20, and no incidents were reported.