Buffalo Germans Divided by Discord

Dissension and political and religious discriminations among members of the Buffalo Federation of German Societies were charged by Fritz Eimans, president of the German Broadcasting Club, who resigned as publicity chairman of the Federation.

“In the face of economic depression among our own German people in Buffalo,” he declared, “is it fair for us to fight against each other over such things as: What kind of a flag shall fly over a picnic? (The swastika was prohibited from being raised over Genesee Park, scene of the recent German Day celebration, sponsored annually by the German Singing Societies of Buffalo.) Who shall be the political speaker or who shall be the leader of the political field? (It was difficult to obtain speakers for the German Day celebration because of the pro-Nazi and anti-Nazi factions in the Federation.)”

Much of the factional trouble in the Federation is attributed by local German Americans to the organization of the DAWA and the Friends of New Germany. Although these organizations are losing members constantly, they have succeeded in creating animosity among members of the Federation, which is anti-Nazi and represents 150,000 German-Americans in Buffalo and vicinity.

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