University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Link to University of Wisconsin Digital Collections
Foreign Relations of the United States

Page View

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

Iran,   pp. 718-766 PDF (18.1 MB)

Page 755

a representative of a private firm and Soviet railway officials. He
said that after he had taken the question up with the appropriate
Soviet officials he would be in a better position to discuss it with me.
  Mr. Rosenblum added that he was very much interested in what I
had to say regarding the determination of the Company not to
permit any of its employees to engage in political activities directed
against countries bordering on Afghanistan and Iran. Frankly, he
said, the Soviet Government had been somewhat apprehensive lest
some Power unfriendly to the Soviet Union might endeavor to in-
troduce agents into the service of the Company. He wondered if
I would object to writing him a letter stating that I had been assured
by the Company that it would discharge any employee found guilty
of engaging in activities unfriendly to the Soviet Union. I replied
that I could not for a single moment consider writing a letter of that
kind; that such a letter might be construed as some sort of a promise
made by the Company through the American Government; that such
remarks as I had made to him had been made merely for the purpose
of furnishing him with background with respect to the policies of
the Company and that I hoped he would not construe them as any
undertaking on behalf of the Company or of the American Govern-
ment. I added that the Company was a purely private organization
not connected in any way with the American Government and that
the interest which the American Government had in the Company
was precisely that which it would have in any private American enter-
prise engaged in doing business abroad. Mr. Rosenblum said that
he had not suggested a letter with the idea that it was to be in the
nature of a pledge. He had mentioned it because he felt that it
would help to quiet the apprehension of the authorities charged with
promoting Soviet interests in Central Asia. He then asked me if in
my opinion the Company would be willing to discharge one of its
employees in case the Soviet Government would adduce convincing
evidence to the effect that he was carrying on political activities of
a nature hostile to the Soviet Union. I replied that I had no author-
ity to speak for the Company but that it was my personal opinion,
gained from my conversation with Mr. Farish, that if the Company
should become satisfied that one of its employees was engaging in
such activities it would immediately ask him to leave its service.
Mr. Rosenblum then asked me if, in case the Soviet Government
should ascertain that one or more of the Company's employees were
engaging in political activities of an anti-Soviet nature and should
inform the Embassy of its findings, the Embassy would have any
objection to conveying the information imparted to it to the officials
of the Company. I replied that I had no instructions whatever from

Go up to Top of Page