Saturday, April 18, 2015

ADSS 1.21 Orsenigo, Germany to Maglione: meeting with Hitler

ADSS 1.21 Cesare Orsenigo (1), Germany, to Luigi Maglione, Sec State

Reference: Telegram 320 (AES 2389/39)

Location and date: Berlin, 04.05.1939; Rec’d Rome 05.05.1939.

Summary statement: Hitler will see the nuncio at Berchtesgaden to discuss papal peace proposal.

Language: Italian

Text:

Telegram in code 77 (2) received.  Unfortunately Chancellor is tarrying for a few days in Munich; I immediately asked Foreign Minister (3) to arrange an audience with Chancellor for an urgent message from the Holy Father.

This evening at 20.00 Foreign minister informs me audience will be granted for tomorrow afternoon at Berchtesgaden where I shall arrive by special aeroplane.

I shall telegraph as soon as I am back.

Notes: 
(1) Cesare Orsenigo (1873-1946), Nuncio to Germany 1930-45.
(2) See ADSS 1.19.

(3) Joachim Ribbentrop (1893-1946), German Foreign Minister 1938-45.

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