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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
(1937)

Germany,   pp. 319-405 PDF (32.6 MB)


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FOREIGN RELATIONS, 1937, VOLUME II
individual case which the German authorities seemed to consider as
having political angles, and the inquiry was promptly referred to the
Foreign Office which, in turn, took it up with the French mission.
After this case was submitted to Paris, the Embassy itself was in-
structed to approach the German Foreign Office informally for what-
ever data was needed. According to this information our treaty stipu-
lations relative to Consular Rights are textually stronger than those
of the French, but the matter is mentioned for whatever assistance it
may be in judging as to the merits of the case in hand.
  It is true that the German-American treaty does not specify that
consular communications with the authorities mentioned "for the
purpose of protecting their countrymen" shall be limited in any man-
iner whatsoever. Furthermore, if the German Government desires to
take upon itself the prerogative of deciding in a given instance upon
the method and manner of procedure thereof, then the German Gov-
ernment might be considered as assuming to determine how American
officials should carry out their duties in this regard. Nevertheless, it
is
possible that the mere fact that the prerogative is not more closely
defined, the stipulation could be interpreted to apply only to specific
or "individual cases", and that questions wherein general information
is desired, for example, for the United States Government (see Consul
Benton's letter), could be considered only when taken up through dip-
lomatic channels.
  This matter has been dwelt upon in some detail, not only because it
is considered important, but with a view to assisting the Department
as far as possible in determining the attitude it may adopt in the
future.
  Any instructions deemed necessary as a result of information herein
contained will be awaited with interest and will, of course, be closely
followed.'
  Respectfully yours,                          WILLIAM E. DODD
INFORMAL REPRESENTATIONS REGARDING WARNING BY THE GER-
MAN GOVERNMENT TO AMERICAN MOTION PICTURE PLAYERS
AGAINST ACTING IN PICTURES DECLARED INIMICAL TO GERMAN
INTERESTS
811.4061i Road Back/4
  Memorandum by the Chief of the Division of Western European
                        Affairs (Dunn)
                                    [WASHINGTON] April 19,1937.
  At my request the Counselor of the German Embassy, Dr. Hans
Thomsen, came in this morning. I showed Dr. Thomsen the orig-
' No further instructions were given.
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