Washington, D. C. (Oct. 18)
Representative Samuel Dickstein, chairman of the Committee of Immigration and Naturalization, in an address here last night, pleaded for support in his projected investigation of the Nazi propaganda campaign in the United States and pledged himself to run down the heads of the movement and bring them to justice.
“The Nazi movement in America is directed by paid German professional Nazi propagandists, well-financed and well-organized,” he said. “The movement is now in operation in fourteen states, the Dominion of Canada and the Lord knows how many other places adjacent to American land.”
Mr. Dickstein’s address was broadcast over a nation-wide hook-up. He made the remark that unless the Nazi movement here is “nipped in the bud,” there exists a danger that it will overthrow the United States government and establish a Nazi dictatorship.
He said that Hitler’s representatives have established an official newspaper. The country is being “flooded” with propaganda material including booklets, pamphlets and leaflets, according to Congressman Dickstein. Meetings are being held openly, he said, which aim to swell the numbers of the American organization and “they are actually drilling their storm troops on American soil.”
The proposed investigation, said Mr. Dickstein, will first concern itself with a study of unnaturalized aliens from Germany who are unlawfully residing in this country. It will include a study of the German aliens who are here as temporary visitors, but who have shown evidence of spreading “insidious propaganda of German origin directed against our form of government.”
The speaker assured his listeners that the investigation by the committee he heads will be “fair and impartial.” He called attention to a statement which he published a few days ago as rejoinder to Germany’s Ambassador, Dr. Hans Luther, who denied Nazi activities are going on in this country.
“I had occasion to brand in the public press as incorrect, the statement made by the German ambassador in the United States, who said in effect that the German government is not interested in the philosophy of the governments of other countries.
“I pointed out then, and I am repeating now, the government of Germany is seeking to spread its tentacles into each highway and by way where people of German blood live.”
He added that the movement seeks to “take into this fighting organization every German in the United States, whether alien or naturalized citizens.” It is seeking, he insisted, to “create a government within a government.” He added that the investigation would not concern itself with a protest against the brutalities which the German government has been guilty of toward its subjects.”