Arrangements are being completed for accommodating as many spectators as possible at the American Inquiry Commission’s probe into conditions obtaining in Nazi Germany, which will open in the morning of July 2, at the New York County Lawyers Association, 14 Vesey street, according to the announcement by Raymond L. Wise, secretary of the Group.
Highlights in the proceedings will be broadcast from 3:30 to 4 p. M. Monday and 4:30 to 5 p. m. Tuesday direct from the session chambers through Station WEVD.
Some 400 American and foreign newspapermen, photographers, newsreel cameramen and spectators will be seated in the hall, with admission by special invitation only.
The Monday program has been planned in such a way that when a qualified witness gives testimony regarding the position of women and education of children in Germany and is cross-examined by members of the commission, the microphone will come into play. Testimony also will be taken on courts, civil liberties and culture under the Hitler regime.
Summation of what took place during the first two days will be given in the Tuesday broadcast. The unofficial court consists of George Gordon Battle, Clarence Darrow, Arthur Garfield Hays, Stanley High, Dudley F. Malone, George Z. Medalie, and Mr. Wise.
Several individuals well acquainted with conditions in Hitlerite Germany have signified their willingness to offer testimony, Mr. Wise said. He issued a request to those who have relevant and important testimony to get in touch with him, at 295 Madison avenue, as soon as possible, regardless of whether they have facts favorable or unfavorable to the existing regime in Germany.
All European witnesses are already in this country, with the exception of Dr. Franz Hoellering, formerly editor of important newspapers in Germany, who arrives on the Lafayette today.
Those who are already here include Dr. Kurt Rosenfeld, former Minister of Justice for Prussia; Mrs. Annabel Williams-Ellis, British author and journalist, and Aneurin Bevan, Labor Party member of the British Parliament. Dr. Hoellering, it is expected, will supply expert testimony on press censorship and regimentation of radio, film and stage under the Nazi dictatorship.
Although the commission is an unofficial body, it will follow a strictly judicial procedure, Mr. Hays announced. Witnesses will be sworn in and questioned as in court. The German Embassy was invited to cross-examine witnesses by an attorney representing its government. Interpreters will be employed, and complete transcripts of questions and answers will be made by stenographers.