Messersmith, G.S., Vienna. To Jay Pierrepont Moffat, Washington.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Among those murdered in Germany on June 30 were General Otto von Lossow [report of his death an error], Dr. Gustav von Kahr, and former Police President in Munich, who were responsible for putting down Hitler putsch in 1923; Hitler had promised that "heads would roll" when he come into power; Goering himself used June 30 to get rid of a few people not on common slate; most despicable of the Triumvirate is Goebbels, who turned against his own friends and intimates to maintain his position; in their haste to defend themselves before the German people, spokesmen for the government let out more of the truth than they intended; Germany paralyzed at present, even perpetrators of murders appalled and opposition elements petrified by fear; German character is cruel and callous, but there is also a decent element, which however has shown a docility not admirable; if Reichswehr takes over government it will be only temporary; generals have no desire to run government themselves; delighted that [Raymond] Geist has been sending valuable information; hope he will be considered for advancement in grade; [Cecil Wayne] Gray arrived and glad to have him; comfortably settled in new house; going to Budapest tomorrow to see [John Flournoy] Montgomery before he goes home; will be glad to meet Mrs. [Robert McCalla] English; have met Mrs. Moffat's other sisters but not Mrs. English.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.