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

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Reviewed latest developments in Austro-German agreement in despatch no. 832 of July 17; erred in letters of July 2 and 8 by expressing opinion that agreement might not be reached because Hitler at last minute would not accept Austria's conditions; reports from Germany indicate it was hard pill for him to swallow; too early yet to speak of German-Italian bloc in which Austria and Hungary are incorporated, but more active cooperation between Italy and Germany is indicated; and way is open to same alignment which existed in 1914; arguments against such alignment are that Germany and Italy have conflicting interests and Mussolini and Hitler both dislike and distrust each other; both Italy and Germany want to gain time to strengthen their negotiating positions; Italy principally interested in financial assistance from France, England,or U.S., and Germany interested in neutralizing England and Italy and isolating France, while she continues her rearmament program; neither Italy nor Germany wants to see Locarno meeting scheduled soon, for they fear alignment against them; on surface it appears activity against Jews in Germany has relaxed, but it goes on with the difference that little is said or printed about it; action against church has abated for time being; this is only seeming more conservative attitude, which is necessary to achieve Hitler's major aim, which is domination of Europe; details of Austro-German agreement being worked out; first step is amnesty which may be proclaimed within week; Germany's next action planned for northeast, probably in direction of Danzig; English position continues difficult, and she may alienate sympathy where she can ill afford to lose it; [Franz] von Papen taking credit for Austro-German agreement, and will probably be rewarded, but he was actually only a messenger boy.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.