Perhaps the most important move in the battle of the pro-Hitler forces to retain their slipping hold on the sympathies of their followers will take place here this morning before Supreme Court Justice Edward J. McGoldrick when the Friends of New Germany will reopen its campaign to obtain a state charter.
Congressman Samuel Dickstein, vice-chairman of the Congressional committee to investigate Nazi and other un-American activities in the United States, who played a part in the successful effort to block a recent similar attempt, will appear in opposition to the petition again today.
One New York and two New Jersey attorneys will appear for the Friends. Dickstein intends to show that prestige which a state charter would give the movement would enable it to gain a foothold for Hitlerism in this country, under pretense of American patriotism.
CONGRESSIONAL PROBE TODAY
Dickstein also will preside at a closed hearing of the Congressional committee of which he is a member, in the Bar Association Building this afternoon. The session will be of unusual importance, he says, and promises that at least one of the witnesses will be “a man of national prominence, who will expose subversive efforts of major interest.”
The executive hearing, the Congressman explained yesterday, is preparatory to an open examination of testimony, which he expects will get under way next Monday.
WALK-OUT ON ZEITUNG
Treachery on the part of local Nazi ringleaders was made apparent yesterday, when all doubt was dispelled that W.L. McLaughlin, whom prominent Jews saved from serving a year in prison for libeling former Magistrate Joseph Goldstein, has been left “holding the bag” by his erstwhile cronies.
McLaughlin, editor of the English supplement and part publisher of the Deutsche Zeitung, did a right-about-face rather than serve a prison term and agreed to alter the entire tenor of his publication, which in the past had been flagrantly anti-Semitic and pro-Hitler.
Yesterday the Jewish Daily Bulletin learned that every employee of the Deutsche Zeitung, with the exception of McLaughlin, has walked out. This includes the editorial, advertising and business staffs, comprising a total of fifteen persons.
It was also revealed that the