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United States Department of State / Foreign relations of the United States diplomatic papers, 1943. Europe

Denmark,   pp. 6-21 PDF (5.9 MB)

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859.00/1053: Telegram
    The Amba89ador in the United Kingdom (Winant) to the
                       Secretary of State
                                      LONDON, September 10, 1943.
                               [Received September 10-4: 23 p. m.]
  6008. Text of note sent to Danish Minister quoted in Depart-
ment's 5355, September 2 15 was promptly given Foreign Office. We
received today from the Foreign Office the text of a communication
which Mr. Eden 16 sent to the President and Chairman of the Danish
Council in reply to one which had been addressed to Mr. Churchill
on September 1. Mr. Eden's communication reads as follows:
  "In the absence of the Prime Minister and on his behalf I thank you
for the telegram which you addressed to Mr. Churchill on September
1st assuring him of the keen desire of all Danes to further the cause
of the United Nations. I take this opportunity to inform you that
His Majesty's Government have watched with sympathetic attention
the recent developments in your country. It seems clear that King
Christian and the Danish people have taken a courageous stand
against the barbarous invader and his attempts to harness their coun-
try to his war machine. Action such as this which levies a new toll
on the German war potential is a valuable contribution to the general
war effort and one of which you can be justifiably proud. On behalf
of His Majesty's Government and the people of Great Britain, I
express to you our deepest sympathy in the sufferings which your
countrymen must now undergo and my hope that the day is not far
distant when they can unite with your gallant seamen who sail with
us and other free Danes here and elsewhere to hail a Denmark to
whose liberation all Danes will have made an active and worthy con-
tribution. I am sure that Mr. Churchill cordially endorses these
  Alemorandumn by the Secretary of State to President Roosevelt
                                  WASHINGTON, September 15, 1943.
  I understand that on September 4, 1943 the Danish Minister pre-
sented to you a request for the issuance by you and Mr. Churchill of
a statement regarding recent events in Denmark.17 Subsequently he
2Telegram not printed, but see note of September 2 to the Danish Minister,
p. 10.
6 Anthony Eden, British Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.
17 After the resignation of the Danish Government on August 28, 1943, German
troops entered Copenhagen and took over the most important administrative
posts of the city. In a number of places there were incidents of conflict
Danes and Germans and a state of emergency was declared.

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