Austro-Hungarian Red Book: Szogyeny to Berchtold, 16 July 1914

On 16 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 telegram, Szogyeny discusses Germany’s policy towards Serbia.


Count Szogyeny to Count Berchtold. Berlin, 16 July 1914.

Cypher.—Strictly private.

Received your Excellency’s strictly private telegram from yesterday.

[German] Secretary of State [von Jagow] perfectly understands that the intended energetic step in Belgrade cannot be undertaken before the President of the French Republic has left Petersburg, but regrets this delay extremely. Herr von Jagow fears that the sympathetic approval for this step and the interest in it will be debilitated by this delay not only in the Monarchy, but in Germany as well.

Herr von Tschirschky [German Ambassador in Vienna] reports that Count Tisza came to see him during his last stay in Vienna and assured him that he had given up the scruples, which he had certainly at first entertained and that he now considered an energetic action necessary; besides Count Tisza had said as much in his declaration in the Hungarian parliament the day before, as Herr von Jagow had learnt to his satisfaction.

My Italian colleague, since a few days, declares the situation to fill him with alarm, but he sees a favourable symptom in the fact that the Imperial and Royal War Minister and Chief of the General Staff [Conrad von Hötzendorf] have taken their summer leave.


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


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