“Due to a little revolution, prepared by Anton Haegele, who attempted to seize national leadership of the Friends of New Germany, I have discharged him and every official of our New York division,” Dr. Hubert Schnuch, national president of the Friends, told The Bulletin last night. “These men have tried unsuccessfully to force our New York division to secede from the national group.”
BY ADRIAN J. BERKOWITZ
A putsch organized by Anton Haegele and aimed at deposing the Zahne-Schnuch clique from leadership has torn into the vitals of the Friends of New Germany and has sliced that Nazi organization into two snarling factions, the Jewish Daily Bulletin learned last night.
Louis Zahne, suave public relations agent for the Friends and its tactical director along with Dr. Hubert Schnuch, was confined to his home yesterday following a heart attack which he suffered while the dispute which at times threatened to degenerate into a physical free for-all, was at its height.
The offices of the Deutsche Beobachter, official organ of the Nazi organization, were turned in to a veritable barricaded fortress yesterday following reports that Haegele and his lieutenants planned to invade it by force and to seize or smash the stereotype plates for the paper’s next issue, due to appear today.
Walter Kappe, press agent for the Friends, and editors and other employes of the Beobachter, maintained a twenty-four watch at the headquarters of the publication. Kappe and Adolf Haag, the paper’s “responsible editor,” worn out after an all-night vigil, returned to their homes early last evening to snatch a few hours’ sleep, leaving other trusted lieutenants to guard the place.
Dr. Schnuch, national president of the Friends, was closeted with attorneys and Nazi leaders supposedly loyal to him yesterday, laying plans for future action and for figurative decapitation of the rebel forces.
The door of the Friends’ national headquarters at Third ave