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incidentally, had no navy, wrote to Hitler on 13 March 1939, and which we captured in the German Foreign Office files.

"Your Excellency, my sincere thanks.

"I can hardly tell you how happy I am because this headwater region — I dislike using big words — is of vital importance to the life of Hungary." — I suppose he needed some headwaters for the non-existent navy of which he was admiral.

"In spite of the fact that our recruits have been serving for only 5 weeks we are going into this affair with eager enthusiasm. The dispositions have already been made. On Thursday, the 16th of this month, a frontier incident will take place which will be followed by the big blow on Saturday." — He doesn't like to use big words; "big blow" is sufficient.

"I shall never forget this proof of friendship, and Your Excellency may rely on my unshakeable gratitude at all times.

Your devoted friend, Horthy."
From this cynical and callous letter from the distinguished Admiral . . . .

THE PRESIDENT: Was that letter addressed to the Hungarian Ambassador at Berlin?

MR. ALDERMAN: I thought it was addressed to Hitler, if the President please.

THE PRESIDENT: There are some words at the top which look like a Hungarian name.

MR. ALDERMAN: That is the letter heading. As I understand it, the letter was addressed to Adolf Hitler.


MR. ALDERMAN: And I should have said it was — it ended with the . . . .

THE PRESIDENT: Is there anything on the letter which indicates that?

MR. ALDERMAN: Only the fact that it was found in the Berlin Foreign Office, and the wording of the letter and the address "Your Excellency." We may be drawing a conclusion as to whom it was addressed; but it was found in the Berlin Foreign Office.

From that cynical and callous letter it may be inferred that the Nazi conspirators had already informed the Hungarian Government of their plans for further military action against Czechoslovakia. As it turned out the timetable was advanced somewhat. I would draw the inference that His Excellency, Adolf Hitler, informed his devoted friend Horthy of this change in good time.