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Charges Two-thirds Communist Party Members Here Are Jews

That two-thirds of the Communist Party membership in this country, which numbers about 30,000, is Jewish, was the charge made yesterday by Harry Jung, executive for several employers and vigilance organizations which distribute blacklists, while testifying before the Congressional committee investigating Communism under the chairmanship of Representative Hamilton Fish of New York. Mr. Jung urged stricter immigration and deportation laws and the registration of aliens to fight the Communists.

“I should say there are at least 30,000 Communists in this country, not counting some 80,000 sympathizers. Two-thirds of the membership is Jewish,” said Mr. Jung in answer to a question. Later he stated that fifty percent of the Communist members in this country are American-born.

William J. Page, principal of the Brown Elementary School, told the Committee that on four occasions during the last year groups of six or eight Communist sympathizers, children of Jewish origin, were found in the school-yard, with Communist circulars. N. E. Hewitt, representative of the American Intelligence Vigilantes, said he had found evidences of Communism in the universities, and named David Gordon, a Jewish student at the University of Wisconsin, as one of the leaders.

“Communism is not now a menace in America,” said Mr. Jung, “but it will become one if it is not liquidated, to use a Communist term. Immigration and deportation laws should be strengthened to deal with Communists. The United States should compel all aliens to register.”

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