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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1937. The British Commonwealth, Europe, Near East and Africa

Germany,   pp. 319-405 PDF (32.6 MB)

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out that this was not a similar case as the activities of the Customs and
Treasury investigators with regard to cost investigations in foreign
countries were never carried on without the consent of the Govern-
ment of the country in which they are operating. He admitted this
to be the case and said that he thought it would be well to refer the
whole matter to Berlin and obtain the attitude of his Government with
regard to such activities. I said that this was exactly what we wanted
done and that we would consider the whole mnatter to have been dis-
cussed only through this informal approach, which I had made to the
Counselor here, and that until we had heard further from him we
would take the position that we are looking into the matter and
that my conversation with him was not considered to be a protest but
was rather to be considered as calling the attention of the Embassy
to the Consul's activities and desiring to have an informal discussion
of the matter in the hope that we might avoid any necessity for taking
it up in a more formal manner.
  He asked if it could be understood therefore that this would not
be considered a protest for the moment and that if the Secretary were
asked anything about the matter in the meantime, until he had been
able to report further to me, that the Secretary might say that the
Department was looking into the matter of these letters which had
been called to its attention. I said that I felt sure the Secretary would
be glad to conform to that explanation of the part the Department had
taken in the situation up to the present.
                                     J[AMES] C[IIEMENT] D[UNN]
811.4061 Road Back/18
The German Ambassador (LDieckhoff) to the Under Secretary of
                         State (Welles)
                                      WASHINGTON, June 9, 1937.
  MY DEAR MR. SECRETARY: With reference to the conversation which
we had yesterday, I should like to point out that, as soon as the talk
between Messieurs Dunn and Thomsen had taken place on April 19,
my predecessor Dr. Luther instructed the German Consul in Los
Angeles to refrain from issuing further warnings to American citizens
in connection with the production of plays which we regard as un-
friendly towards Germany.
  I now take pleasure in informing you that my Government fully
endorses the instruction given by my predecessor and, consequently,
I hope we may consider the incident as satisfactorily settled.
  Believe me [etc.]                                   Discfforr

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