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How were enemy diplomats exchanged after the start of the war?

Asked 8 months ago by Zachary Frey

When the war broke out, I'm assuming a lot of diplomats suddenly found themselves in enemy countries (Belgian ambassador to Germany, French ambassador to Austro-Hungary, German ambassador to Japan, etc). I know that when World War Two broke out, American Diplomats in Japan and Japanese diplomats in America had to be exchanged in Mozambique and the whole convoluted exchange took 8 months to work out. Were diplomats exchanged during World War One and, if so, how? Were there convoluted prisoner exchanges like the kind in World War Two, or did they just dump all the diplomats in neutral Switzerland and tell them to take the train home?

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