Berlin (Jul. 27)
T. St. John Gaffney, a former American consul at Dresden and Munich and recently active as a propagandist, is expected to arrive in Berlin next week, according to the Voelkischer Beobachter, Chancellor Hitler’s newspaper, yesterday. Before arriving here, the paper said, Gaffney will take a trip to Doorn to see the ex-Kaiser at the personal invitation of the former monarch.
Gaffney is expected to receive a fine reception here as his recent activities in the United States in behalf of the Hitler regime have been deeply appreciated by the Nazis.
Gaffney last month circularized members of the Senate and the House of Representatives at Washington with an eleven-page memorandum in defense of the anti-Jewish acts of the Nazi regime.
The Voelkischer Beobachter today features the news of Gaffney’s memorandum under a streamer headline, “Opinion regarding Jewish domination of Germany,” stressing Gaffney’s declaration that no other nation would tolerate Jewish domination for so many years.
Gaffney’s resignation from the consular service was forced by the State Department in 1915 at President Wilson’s instance, following complaints that Gaffney was so pro-German as to offend the British at a time when this country had taken over British consular and diplomatic interests on account of the war. Gaffney is a native of Ireland and a naturalized citizen.
He has been active in the Friends of Germany, from which former Mayor McClellan, Professor Robert Morss Lovett and Col. William J. Donovan recently disassociated themselves because of its propaganda activities.
Gaffney has also written frequently for the Americas Deutsche Post, Nazi bi-monthly newspaper printed in New York.
At the office of Col. Edwin Emerson, which is the headquarters of the Friends of Germany, at 17 Battery Place, the report that Gaffney would visit Berlin was confirmed. It was said that Gaffney had already sailed for Europe.