Tuesday, August 25, 2015
ADSS 1.102 Cortesi to Maglione: situation worsens; German troops mass on border
ADSS 1.102 Filippo Cortesi, Poland, to Luigi Maglione, Sec State.
Reference: Telegram 32 (AES 5355/39)
Location and date: Warsaw, 18.08.1939
Summary statement: Polish gov’t does not know what to suggest to Holy See. Situation is worsening. German troops are massing on the border. More anti-Polish attacks in the German press.
I received your coded telegram number 41. (1) To my question, made as suggested, Foreign Under Secretary was unable to give a precise answer although affirming possibility of a pacific agreement.
Concentration of German troops along Pomeranian-German border as far as Upper Silesia considered as preparation to decisive step. Political situation worsened by renewed Press attacks alleged Polish provocations, by semi-official manifestations which extend (?) frontier claims before war with Polish Kingdom (group of words missing) … Hitlerian Burckhardt [sic], as I know from reputable Hitlerian source requests free hand East Europe.
(1) ADSS 1.95