WASHINGTON (Feb. 23)
James T. Nicholson, American Red Cross representative supervising relief in Poland, cabled Red Cross headquarters here from Berlin today that he was leaving immediately for Cracow and had been given permission for an “unlimited stay” to supervise distribution of supplies from the Red Cross warehouse there.
Receipt of the cable followed announcement by the Red Cross of a new supplementary agreement with the German Government under which Red Cross representatives are permitted to enter the “Government General” of Poland long enough to supervise distribution of relief supplies.
The J.T.A. secured from the Red Cross today that part of the text of a letter in which the German Ambassador, writing Chairman Norman Davis, confirms the supplementary agreement. That part of the letter follows:
“The German Government agrees to the relief work among the civil population in the Government General which the American Red Cross is carrying out or intends to carry out. The German Government is prepared to grant transportation facilities and exemptions from customs duty for the shipments imported by the American Red Cross for relief purposes. The German Government will grant upon special application permission for a qualified representative of the American Red Cross to enter the territory of the Government General in order to receive the American shipments for Polish relief to regulate their distribution in agreement with the German Red Cross and to observe this distribution. It is understood that these American shipments are being forwarded to the civil population of the Government General exclusively and that they will at no time be at the disposal of or claimed by the German authorities.”