Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Szogyeny to Berchtold, 9 July 1914

On 9 July 1914, Count Szogyeny, the Austro-Hungarian Ambassador to Germany (pictured), sent a strictly private telegram to Count Berchtold, the Austro-Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs. In his strictly private coded telegram, Szogyeny details the German State Secretary Gottlieb von Jagow’s position towards Serbia.


Count Szogyeny to Count Berchtold. Berlin, 9 July 1914.

Cypher — Strictly private

Received your Excellency’s telegram of yesterday.

I have sent your Excellency’s warmest thanks to the Imperial chancellor, who is on leave in Hohenfinow, by the State Secretary, who only just returned from leave.

I was able to ascertain that, the State Secretary perfectly agrees with the attitude the German government has adopted and is most decidedly of opinion that the action proposed against Servia should be taken in hand without delay.

The German minister in Bucharest is instructed to hold back the intended communication to King Carol (see my telegram of the 6th) about the negotiations with Bulgaria, which as far as he—Jagow [the State Secretary] —knows, have not yet begun in any concrete form.


Source: 1919 Austro-Hungarian Red Book, with minor edits


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