Nazis Poise Axe over Neck of C. K. Froehlich of Dawa
Menu JTA Search

Nazis Poise Axe over Neck of C. K. Froehlich of Dawa

Download PDF for this date

departed from its usual policy of impartiality in its news columns that it carried the following sentence in its account of Mr. Nischk’s Congressional aspirations :

“Prominent Queens citizens of all nationalities should support his candidacy.”

Through the din of denials that Nischk had been endorsed rang one dissenting voice—that of Dr. Louis A. Ewald, originally named chairman of the political committee but deposed by the “resignation” method before the new body ever came to fruition.

“Yes,” said Dr. Ewald, “Nischk was endorsed at the committee’s first meeting, a week ago Friday night. That was while I was still chairman. Mr. Froehlich introduced him.”

Froehlich himself vociferously disclaimed responsibility for the story as it appeared in the metropolitan press yesterday. Nischk, he asserted, had attended the committee’s first meeting and had “delivered a lecture on politics,” but nothing had been said regarding the Queens man’s candidacy for Congress.


In the background loomed the suave figure of Louis Zahne, one of the publishers of the Nazi Deutsche Zeitung, destined soon to be the acknowledged Fuehrer of Nazidom in this area, who entertains a keen dislike for Nischk and his “conservatism,” it was learned.

After announcement of the latter’s “endorsement” had appeared in print, Froehlich’s telephone began ringing. One after another the various members of the political committee called him, demanding to know by what authority the story had been given out.

Froehlich, by his own admission, suggested that the Jewish Daily Bulletin might have been responsible, in view of the fact that, in his opinion this newspaper is carrying on a campaign to embarrass adherents to the Nazi cause. Further investigation, however, convinced him that this was not the case, but that Nischk himself had been the source of the published report.


Except for the fact that the German Day celebration is scheduled for this coming Saturday and that Nazi sympathizers here are anxious to avoid any action which might interfere with the success of that occasion, Froehlich would be deposed from his various positions of influence almost immediately, spokesmen for the Zahne faction declared. In view of the fact that he is in charge of arrangements for the celebration, they said, no action will be taken to remove him from the saddle until after it is over.

Regarding German Day, Mr. Froehlich said that none of the “invited speakers”—among whom are President Roosevelt, Senators Borah and LaFollette and Ambassador Hans Luther—has accepted yet.

Asked whether the swastika banner will be flown, he answered in the affirmative, explaining that it is always displayed at German-American functions.

Founding Funders

The digitization of the JTA Archive would not have been possible without the generous support of the following donors:
  • The Gottesman Fund
  • Righteous Persons Foundation
  • Charles H. Revson Foundation
  • Elisa Spungen Bildner and Robert Bildner, in honor of Norma Spungen
  • George S. Blumenthal
  • Grace and Scott Offen Charitable Fund