Paterson, N. J. (Aug. 22)
Robert J. McDermott, a local lawyer, has been retained by the Veterans of Foreign Wars to combat the Nazi movement which has sprung up strongly in Mountain-view, a suburb. The appointment followed attacks on Paterson war veterans by fifteen Nazi-clad youths wearing the swastika on their shoulders.
So strong has been the influence of the Hitler followers that it has been practically impossible to make Mountain-view citizens testify in court. In one case a wounded veteran is reported to have been threatened by the Nazis because he fought against Germany in the war.
The Nazis have established a fort-like structure on the Pipeline, in Mountain-view. This house, reputedly owned by a man who returned to Germany and now occupied by his two sons, has been furnished with turrets. Skulls of animals decorate the front of the house. Several police dogs furnish protection. In one attack case when police interfered, the dogs ripped a policeman’s uniform.
McDermott, a non-Jew, has attempted to form an organization to combat the Nazis. In court, on several cases, the Nazis have admitted their allegiance to the party in their country and that they were not citizens. Although the Mountain-view group does not work, it evidently has plenty of moneyâ€” especially when members were fined recently.