Memorandum on the present political situation in Germany and a foreshadowing of the future foreign policy.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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German occupation of the Rhineland directed attention away from internal troubles; much tension among leaders and discontent among workers; Army pressing for incorporation of S.S. into regular army or regular police under Department of the Interior; leaders now realize economic recovery not possible without a measure of cooperation with outside world; Hitler now offers twenty-five year peace pact and a return to League of Nations, but would keep pact only until financial situation improves and Germany is fully rearmed; Hitler's long range plan unchanged; in Mar. 22 speech in Breslau he said "I went my way at home without compromise and I will do the same in foreign affairs"; German expansionist program envisages territorial aggrandizement supplemented by political hegemony; it seeks to incorporate into Reich German-speaking people now residing contiguous to but outside the German frontier, either by direct annexation or by revision of frontiers by agreement with contiguous state; first objective the incorporation of Austria into the Reich, then revision of Czech frontier; Poland will be next to receive attention; any resistance to be met with military force.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.