Thursday, October 6, 2016
ADSS 1.242 Maglione notes: rumours
ADSS 1.242 Luigi Maglione, Sec State, notes
Reference: AES Germany 774
Location and date: Vatican, 10.01.1940
Summary statement: Hungarian ambassador reported UK and French gov’ts are anxious over Holy See and secret dealings with Germany.
I received the visit of His Excellency the Minister of Hungary (1). He tells me that Great Britain and France are anxious because the Holy See is dealing secretly with the Germans. To my query he replies he was informed about his by the French Ambassador to the Holy See (2).
(1) Gabriel Apor (1889-1969) Hungarian Ambassador to the Holy See, 1939-44.
(2) Added by hand: “Sent note immediately to the Holy Father who called the British Minister in the next day.” There were secret negotiations in progress for the visit of German Foreign Minister, Joachim Ribbentrop, to the Holy See. See ADSS 1.254 n1.