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                  AMERICAN FOREIGN SERVICE                  
              Vatican City, November 24, 1943.              
                    DEPARTMENT OF STATE                     
                        Dear Myron:                         
battle field. I understand that the Apostolic Delegate in Wa
I gather from my conversation with the Cardinal Secretary of State that the Vatican regards the idea of an "open city" as a military question only, and is not interested in any way in the various projects of a political nature that have been advanced recently in the German-controlled  
 eyes of the Holy See, therefore, "open city" would appear t
1. Provision to avoid combats from taking place in Rome, either through agreement between the belligerent parties or through Allied strategy. This would mean in practice the withdrawal of the   
    Germans from Rome before the arrival of the Allies.     
ion for the city during the interval between the withdrawal 
The Honorable  
Myron C. Taylor  
Department of State,  
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