Newark, N. J. (Oct. 20)
The aftermath of the rioting which occurred here Monday night when Heinz Spanknkoebel, Nazi spokesman, addressed a meeting of the Friends of New Germany, may be summed up as follows:
Deportation faces Walter Kauf, 31, an unemployed mechanic who was arrested on the charge of striking a Jew with a “loaded” rubber hose. Kauf, who has admitted being an unnaturalized alien, is meanwhile being held in $2,500 bail for grand jury action.
The management of Schwaben Halle, where the Friends of New Germany have been holding their meetings, has announced that that place will no longer be the rendezvous; apparently the rioting was too expensive.
Abe “Longey” Zwillman, reputed czar of Newark’s Third Ward, repudiated the story in a New York newspaper that he or his men were responsible for the rioting. Zwillman asserted that he was at a place seventeen miles from the hall when the rioting occurred.
The German-Austrian War Veterans expressed surprise and indignation at the action of the local Armistice Day committee in adopting a resolution which virtually bars them from the forthcoming annual Armistice Day parade. Although the resolution just came to light, it was in reality considered before the rioting occurred and was presented at the instance of the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, whose stand was predicated on the position of the German-Austrian group on the Versailles Treaty. The resolution takes particular exception to a recent quotation of the German-Austrian commander that “we must fight against the unjust peace terms, especially the war guilt paragraph.”
There is, however, considerable belief that supposed Nazi sympathies on the part of some of the leaders of the German veterans group helped bring on the committee action, which has now been brought to light.
Meanwhile, the Jewish management of the local Krueger Auditorium apparently took a cue from the German management of Schwaben Halle, for the proposed mass meeting in the Auditorium of anti-Fascist and radical groups, was cancelled. The Jewish management stated candidly that it feared costly rioting. Accordingly, the committee for the anti-Nazi meeting withdrew to Sokol Hall, which is under Slovak auspicesâ€”and even though it was a last-minute change, still drew an audience of six hundred. The meeting was guarded by a score of plainclothesmen and police but was unmarred by any violence. Rabbi Benjamin Goldstein, of Birmingham, Alabama, and David Levinson, Philadelphia labor attorney, were among the speakers who vigorously attacked the growing Nazi menace in America.