AN ISLAND IN OCCUPIED EUROPE November 1942-August 1943
Telegram 5098, November 10, 1942
[ Allen Dulles reached Switzerland on November 8, 1942, only hours before the Germans sealed the French border. He established himself at Herrengasse 23 in Bern and took charge of the minimal OSS operations that had begun earlier in the year. Although nominally a Special Assistant to the American Minister, Leland Harrison, he let his primary function be known, thus accelerating the establishment of contacts. In addition to having the OSS code number 110, Dulles was designated " Mr. Burns " in Bern for most of 1943. Due to inadequate OSS communications resources, this telegram, and many others, particularly early in the war, were transmitted to the State Department via Legation channels. "Victor" indicated that State should transmit the message to OSS headquarters in Washington.]
From Burns to Victor. Arrived Bern today, Geneva yesterday. As I crossed the French-Spanish border, news of the attack on North Africa was received, and when I talked with many people at the border and at Perpignan Narbonne, they all expressed satisfaction and relief indicating that nine-tenths of the people of France
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Publication information: Book title: From Hitler's Doorstep:The Wartime Intelligence Reports of Allen Dulles, 1942-1945. Contributors: Neal H. Petersen - Editor, Allen Welsh Dulles - Author. Publisher: Pennsylvania State University Press. Place of publication: University Park, PA. Publication year: 1996. Page number: 21.
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