WASHINGTON (Apr. 24)
–Representative Samuel Dickstein today will request the Department of State to inform him by what authority Dr. Rolf L. Jaeger, German Consul in Chicago, acting on instructions from the Reich Embassy here, interfered in the showing in Chicago of the movie, “Hitler’s Reign of Terror,” which purports to depict present conditions in Germany.
Informed that Mayor Kelley has changed his mind about banning the picture, Representative Dickstein declared that this later move made no difference. “If the situation is really such as has been described to me it is brutal,” he declared. “If the Hitler government thought the picture was libelous the proper procedure would have been to resort to the courts of this country. But there is no such claim made by that government. The picture, before it was shown to the public, had passed the movie board of censors.”
Representative Dickstein stated that he resented interference by a foreign government in the internal affairs of the people of the United States.
At the Department of State it was said that officials had no knowledge of the Chicago incident.
FILM WAS SMUGGLED FROM REICH
“Hitler’s Reign of Terror,” said to be the first authentic, motion picture record of the brutality of the Nazi regime, was made from films smuggled out of Germany by Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., according to Samuel Cummins, president of Jewel Productions, Inc., which will open the picture at the Mayfair Theatre here on April 30.
The film, originally scheduled to open here last Sunday was postponed because of tardiness of the New York Board of Censors to grant a permit.
However, Jewel Productions discovered that since the film deals with news it does not come under the jurisdiction of the Board of Censors and the application was withdrawn.
Edwin C. Hill, well-known newspaperman and radio announcer, cooperated with Cornelius Vanderbilt, Jr., in preparing the film.