Messersmith, G.S., Vienna. To Cordell Hull, Washington.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Austro-German agreement announced July 11; Chancellor agreed to bring into Cabinet several so-called "nationally-minded" Austrians, but they are friends upon whom he feels he can depend; [Eduard] Glaise-Horstenau to be liaison between nationally-minded elements and National Socialists in effort to bring them behind government; Guido Schmidt to be Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs; Secretary General at Foreign Office has little confidence that Germans would carry through their agreement and made it only to better their position with England; details of agreement will be difficult to work out, particularly amnesty for Austrian Nazis; was assured by Secretary General Nazi ideology would not be tolerated in Austria and there would be no discrimination against Jews; restoration question now in background; Chancellor has done his best to safeguard Austrian position; agreement doesn't mean Austria has cast her lot with Germany and Italy, but she must cooperate with both; reason for German action will be understood in both England and France; Czech Chargé in Vienna believes Austro-German agreement relieves pressure on Czechoslovakia, but relief will be only temporary; Austro-Czech treaty now scheduled to go into effect Aug.1 but with many items which Germany objected to cut out; sees difficulties for U.S. trade agreement program.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.