Messersmith, G.S., Vienna. Despatch No. 761 to Secretary of State [Cordell Hull], Washington.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Enclosure: See No. 678. Increase in anti-Jewish activity noticeable; universal compulsory military service established in Austria; trade treaty with Czechoslovakia signed on April 2, but details not yet published; leaving Vienna Apr. 4 to spend leave in U.S.; called on Vice-Chancellor Prince [Ernst von] Starhemberg and on Foreign Minister [Egon Berger-Waldenegg] yesterday; both concerned over European situation as it affects Austria; Foreign Minister stated that extension of Rome Protocols strengthens Austrian position; nothing new in protocols, but they represent a re-affirmation of the determination of Italy, Austria, and Hungary to cooperate with each other; Minister said Mussolini assured him that Italy would defend Austria's independence even if it meant going to war; commented on rumors that Rome was in constant touch with Berlin and possibility of alliance between them; Minister said Mussolini had no confidence in Hitler, but he was a realist and had to face situations as he found them; Mussolini's first interest now is clearing up situation in Abyssinia; Minister further stated that he considered general European situation critical and only determined action by Western powers could prevent a great war.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.